A little bit about Upper Derwent Valley
- Upper Derwent Valley was created in the early 20th Century to provide 10,000 million gallons of water for the growing urban population in the East Midlands and South Yorkshire.
- Over 1,000 people were involved in building the reservoirs and were housed in the temporary ‘Tin Town’ at Birchinlee.
- There are the flooded villages of Derwent and Ashopton – when water levels are low, you may get a glimpse of the village remains.
- The Derwent, Howden, and Ashopton Resevoirs were in fact once the training site of the famous Dambusters Squadron.