For a ‘Dam’ good day out, head on up to Upper Derwent Valley this autumn
20th October 2016
Why settle for one beautiful reservoir, when you can visit three this autumn at Upper Derwent Valley? Located in the beautiful Peak District, the site is home to the Ladybower, Derwent and Howden reservoirs, and the famous Derwent Dam that was used for training by the Dambusters Squadron before their daring World War 2 mission.
Site supervisor Hazel Earnshaw says: “Upper Derwent Valley holds so much rich history, and is set in such a beautiful landscape, that during autumn, the place really comes alive. The changing colours of the trees and the reflections in the water of the woods is really a sight to behold.
“We have visitors who come from all over the world who come to see the dams and, once here, they can enjoy a walk or cycle around the water’s edge, taking in the stunning landscape. Besides the reservoirs, as you walk round you can see what’s left of the old Tin Town, where the workers lived during the building of the Dams, and down near Fairholmes you can see the spectacular engineering feat that is the Derwent Valley Aqueduct where it crosses Ladybower reservoir”
The reservoirs of Derwent and Howden were built over 100 years ago to supply the cities of Sheffield, Nottingham, Derby and Leicester with clean drinking water. Due to increasing demand for water, the additional reservoir at Ladybower was completed in 1945. The area is known for its natural beauty and is looked after by Severn Trent in partnership with Peak District National Park Authority.
Hazel continues “Whether you’re into bird or wildlife watching, photography, cycling, fancy a spot of fishing, or quite simply prefer a stroll around the water’s edge, you’re certain to have a memorable day up here. Set away from the hustle and bustle of the city, you can truly relax and become immersed in the surroundings.”
Upper Derwent Valley rangers keep visitors up-to-date with activities on their STWLadybower Facebook page and @STWLadybower Twitter profile. Simply follow or like the page and join the conversation. To find out more about days out at all of Severn Trent’s visitor sites, go to things to do.