Wonderful on Tap
Coronavirus (Covid-19) update
This visitor site is open with some restrictions
As restrictions in England are changing, we are following the Government guidelines to help keep everyone safe.
This site will remain open for people to visit with restrictions in place.
Our sites are likely to be very busy and we may have to close our car parks when we reach capacity, so please be prepared to turn around and visit another time.
Respect our site and neighbours by taking home your litter, or using a bin on site if you can't, and do not park in local communities if the car park is full.
It’s really important to protect the safety and wellbeing of all our visitors, local communities and our teams, so we urge everyone to minimise travel, observe social distancing and follow any measures we have put in place if you visit a reopened site.
All footpaths are open.
Toilets are open. You must wear a face mask when you enter and follow instructions on signage about maximum capacity. You may have to queue to use the facilities safely.
The food kiosk is open for takeaway only, from 8.30am til dusk, with social distancing measures in place.
Rule of 6 or 2 households
Please only visit in groups following the Rule of 6 or two households, and maintain social distancing.
You must wear a facemask to enter any building, including toilets.
Fisheries are now open, but you will need to call in advance.
Bike hire is now open. Please see their website for opening times.
- Maintain a distance of at least 2 metres from other visitors and staff
- Respect any instructions or signage - they're there to keep you safe
- Look after those with you - keep dogs on leads and children close by
- Maintain good hygiene and avoid touching hard surfaces
Upper Derwent Valley
The Derwent, Howden and Ladybower Reservoirs make up the Upper Derwent Valley
Did you know?
The Derwent, Howden and Ladybower Reservoirs that make up the Upper Derwent Valley are situated in the stunning Peak District National Park in Derbyshire.
About Upper Derwent Valley
- The reservoirs were 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 1000 people were involved in building the reservoirs and were housed in the temporary ‘Tin Town’ at Birchinlee.
- There are the flooded of villages of Derwent and Ashopton – when water levels are low, you may get a glimpse of the village remains.
- The settlements of Derwent and Ashopton were abandoned to make way for the reservoirs and the imposing neo-gothic dams were built in the deep valley to contain and control the fast flowing moorland rivers.
- The Derwent, Howden and Ashopton Resevoirs were in fact once the training site of the famous Dambusters Squadron.
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