Report - Ladybower Reservoir, Derbyshire - April 2014

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Massive Member
Regular User
Jun 15, 2011
Tis the season to go in drains falalala lala la la

I had a couple of hours spare so decided to pop over the hill and head down Ladybower.

I didn't expect the area to be swarming with tourists so I waited in the bushes like a flasher until the coast was clear and headed down and in.

The dams 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.







Staff member
Oct 19, 2005
Crabapple Cove
Nice one.

Not sure if it was someone on here - but someone on my FB list sank their new remote control helicopter in Ladybower the other day - trying to film the overfolw I guess :)