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in the county of Derbyshire

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About Ladybower Reservoir

This beautiful reservoir is found in the undulating Derbyshire countryside. It is the lowest of the Peak districts three reservoirs that occupy the beautiful Derwent valley, the other two being the Howden and Derwent Reservoirs.

Ladybower Reservoir was completed shortly after the end of World War II, when it was opened by His Majesty King George VI and his wife Queen Elizabeth, our late Queen Mother. It was primarily built to supply drinking water to the north of England and the midlands.

The Howden and Derwent Reservoir's were of particular importance during the war years, for this was the place were 617 Squadron experimented with Barn Wallis's famous bouncing bomb, it is also the place where much of the famous film portraying the story of the "Dambusters" was filmed.

The lovely landscape we see today belies what went before. To build the reservoir whole villages and buildings had to be sacrificed including the lovely villages of Derwent and Ashopton. Derwent Hall, an ancient property of 1672 belonging to the Dukes of Norfolk was submerged, along with farms belonging to the estate, and the parish church. For a while the spire of the church peeked above the water when its levels dropped, but even this evocative sight had to be demolished for reasons of safety.

Ladybower Reservoir is now one of the Peak District National Park's most breathtaking beauty spots, it sits peacefully in an idyllic landscape with beautiful vista's all around.

Visitors to this scenic area will find waymarked walks, cycle routes, glorious wooded areas to wander, wildlife, and plenty of places to enjoy a picnic. There is also a visitor centre from which cycles may be hired. So why not abandon your car to the car park, collect a bike and follow a cycle route to experience close at hand how very picturesque this lovely landscape is.

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