Ladybower, the Peak District and the “Dam Busters” thrown in for good measure

On a glorious sunny March morning I set off for a walk around Ladybower reservoir in the Peak District of Derbyshire.

View along the reservoir

View along the reservoir

Parking at the side of the road just before the bridge I threw on my leather coat and scarf, checked my camera and then began what is about a 5 mile circular walk. The route takes in the dam made famous by the RAFs 617 squadron who practiced dropping Barnes Wallis’s famous “bouncing bomb” here in 1943 prior to their now famous attack on the Mohne, Eder and Sorpe dams in Germany.

The famous "Dam Busters" dam

The famous “Dam Busters” dam

It would appear that spring is arriving early this year as many of the trees are already in bud and some of the flowers are already in bloom, most noticeably the snowdrops along side of the path.

Snowdrops in bloom

Snowdrops in bloom

One of the delights of this particular walk is the birdlife you encounter and today was no exception. I encountered a Jay, Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Hedge Sparrow, Blackbird and Songthrush and a very brazen little Robin, which sat on a fence, and just stared at me despite the fact I was only about a meter away from it (they breed the Robins “hard” and “cocky” in the Peak District).

"Cocky" little Robin

“Cocky” little Robin

The hills looked beautiful as cotton wool clouds drifted across their peaks and occasionally masking the sun. I have to confess that is was a lot colder than I anticipated but the mild discomfort was worth it for the beautiful scenery you encounter.

Forest path into sunlight......

Forest path into sunlight……

What is not known by many visitors to the area is that there are ‘drowned’ villages under the Ladybower Reservoir including the villages of Ashopton, Derwent Woodlands church and Derwent Hall which were ‘drowned’ in the construction of the reservoir.

Cotton wool clouds drifting across the hills

Cotton wool clouds drifting across the hills

On rare occasions that the water is very low it is possible to still see the remains of the villages sticking out of the water.

Sheep on the hills

Sheep on the hills

Half way around the walk is the visitors centre where it is possible to buy souvenirs relating to the area and its wildlife as well as being able to get a welcome hot drink and food.

Doughty fisherman braves the elements

Doughty fisherman braves the elements

If you have never visited this area may I suggest you put it on your “to visit” list as it is one of the most beautiful areas of the UK.


All the photographs featured were taken today, 10 March 2015.




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