Ladybower Reservoir

Ladybower Reservoir Derbyshire England

Ladybower Reservoir
Ladybower Reservoir

A large Y-shaped Reservoir, built between 1935 and 1943; the Ladybower Reservoir is located in Derbyshire, England. And if you are confused about what a reservoir is then here is an easy definition for you – a reservoir is an enlarged lake, pond, or impoundment created by using a dam or lock to store more water, it can be natural as well as artificial. 

Ladybower Reservoir Construction/Design

Ladybower Reservoir
Ladybower Reservoir

The Ladybower reservoir was built to supplement the other two 1) Howden reservoir and 2) Derwent reservoir in supplying the water needs; it was built by the Derwent Valley Water Body. The Ladybower Reservoir is different from the other two reservoirs as the Ladybower reservoir is a clay-cored earth embankment, not a solid masonry dam like the other two, the design is unusual as it has two enclosed bellmouth overflows AKA the plugholes, the plugholes are often completely dry and submerged rarely after heavy flooding or rainfall. The plugholes had walkways around them but they were dismantled (most probably because of the safety of people) many years ago.

Ladybower Reservoir Flooded Villages

Ladybower Reservoir
Ladybower Reservoir

The building of the reservoir caused the submergence of two villages named – Ashopton and Derwent, though the majority of the buildings of the villages were demolished before filling the reservoir, some structure of the Derwent village, after a span of 14 years, is still visible during dry summers, when dry conditions caused a drop in water levels, the village of Derwent came into sight in 1976, 1995 and 2018, in 2018 the event attracted an unprecedented crowd,  and after some time it was reported that some of those visitors were vandalizing the site and some were making graffiti on the structures of the site.

Things to do at Ladybower Reservoir

Ladybower Reservoir
Ladybower Reservoir

The Ladybower Reservoir is surrounded by magnificent views of moorland, woodland, and water. It has many circular cycling and walking routes around it with stunning viewpoints that will take your breath away.

Ladybower reservoir circular walk/cycle path

The Ladybower reservoir walk is a circular route that covers a circuit of one half of the reservoir and provides the most magnificent views. The route is suitable for cycling, users of wheelchairs or pushchairs, hikers as well as dog walkers.

  1. The walk starts from the visitor information center, turn left and walk on the road that takes you back to the A57
  2. As you walk, on your left you can see the bulk of Derwent edge, and to your right, you will see the green slopes of Crook hill and the wooded heights of Hogg side, and ahead of you, you will see the Win Hill
  3. After approx 1.5 miles, ahead of you will be the beautiful Ashopton Viaduct, the arches that are visible as rising above the water, are only the top structure as the remaining structure lies deep under the water
  4. Once you reach the A57, take the left and cross the bridge
  5. After crossing, look for the left that brings you to the other side of the reservoir
  6. Follow the track and enjoy the quiet walk that will take you through beautiful shady woodlands
  7. After approx 1.5 miles, a small cluster of pretty houses will come in your vision, these houses are the remains of the Derwent village, one of the two flooded villages
  8. Do not forget to look out for the remaining structures of the villages of Derwent and Ashopton village, as they were the thriving communities of their time
  9. After visiting the remains of the village, take the left track and head slightly downhill, and ahead of you will be the majestic structure of the Derwent dam
  10. Continue for approx 500 meters at the track before arriving back at the Visitor Information Center on your left.

Voila!! You have done walking the circular walking/cycling route and visited the remains of some amazing village structures that contributed in the making of the reservoir, and you have memories of some majestic views of the dam and the sweetest memory of that lush green views you have experienced just some minutes before, the place is a good spot for a calm one day trip.

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Ladybower Reservoir” Written by Muba Noor

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