- Derbyshire's Ladybower reservoir
was completed in 1945, providing drinking water for the cities
of the north and east Midlands.
- It is the largest of a chain of 3
massive reservoirs which are known collectively as the "
Peakland Lake District".
- Howden and Derwent Dams lie further
up the valley. These two were used by the famous "Dambusters"
in their experiments with Barnes Wallis' "bouncing bomb".
Much of the film "The Dambusters" was filmed here.
- When Ladybower was built, it submerged
two lovely villages, Derwent and Ashopton. Many buildings were
sacrificed beneath the waters including ancient farms and Derwent
Hall, a property of the Dukes of Norfolk dating from 1672. The
spire of the Parish church was visible for a while whenever the
water level was low, but was demolished for safety reasons.
- The valley is now a scenic tourist
attraction, with well - marked footpaths, cycle - hire available
for the attractive woodland and lakeside cycle routes, picnic
sites and car parking