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Report - LadyBower Reservoir, Derbyshire - Sept 15

Discussion in 'UK Draining Forum' started by Hydro, Sep 28, 2015.

  1. Hydro

    Hydro 28DL Regular User
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    Day out with Antony :)

    Background;

    Ladybower Reservoir is a large Y-shaped reservoir, the lowest of three in the Upper Derwent Valley in Derbyshire, England. The River Ashop flows into the reservoir from the west; the River Derwent flows south, initially through Howden Reservoir, then Derwent Reservoir, and finally through Ladybower Reservoir.

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    The dam's design is unusual in having two totally enclosed bellmouth overflows (locally named the "plugholes") at the side of the wall. These are stone and of 80 feet (24 m) diameter with outlets of 15 feet (4.6 m) diameter. Each discharges via its own valve house at the base of the dam. The overflows originally had walkways around them but they were dismantled many years ago. The bell mouths are often completely out of the water and are only rarely submerged, often after heavy rainfall or flooding.

    The building of the reservoir resulted in the 'drowning' of the villages of Ashopton and Derwent (including Derwent Woodlands church and Derwent Hall). Ashopton stood roughly where the road to the Snake Pass met the Snake valley. The buildings in Ashopton were demolished before the reservoir was filled, but much of the structure of Derwent village was still visible during a dry summer some 14 years later. The narrow stone Packhorse Bridge over the Derwent was removed and rebuilt at the head of the Howden reservoir. The clock tower of the church had been left standing and the upper part of it was visible above the water level until 1947, when it was seen as a hazard and demolished with explosives on 15 December.

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    The Explore;

    Not wanting to waste a nice Saturday we decided to have a jaunt around Lady Bower and just happen to take abseiling gear... We were not planning this or anything promise ;) A very fun day out and i wish to return soon.

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    Made (Nearly stood on) a friend :thumb

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    The res itself

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    Thanks for looking :thumb
     

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  2. WildBoyz

    WildBoyz Is this the future?
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    Very nice mate, like the inclusion of the res shots. Only a short one this, but I really enjoyed it.

    Looks like there were just as many frogs, fish and midges down there as when I last went down :D
     
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    always wondered what was down there.... toad in the hole... :-)
     
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  4. Maniac

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    That's pretty cool :-)

    It's always fun messing about on ropes, but remember, stay safe :-)
     
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  5. ACID- REFLUX

    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Nice ones :thumb
    Not seen this one in a while. We ran out of rope when we attempted it so did it the easy way ;)
     
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  6. norfolkexplorer

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    Very nice indeed :)
     
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  7. The Lone Ranger

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    Top effort :thumb

    Funnily enough I had a wander to there last week, alas a bit too busy for my liking.
     
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    Cheers all! Was a fun afternoon for sure:)
     
  9. FlyingFox

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    Nice we took a video there recently
    about a third in.
     
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