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A early misty morning see me finally get one of my long awaited explores off the list. Any chance I had of doing these the water level was always to high. Wasn't impressed with losing most of the gopro footage and images from here, dam you sandisk! I made it out alive with some images, so cant grumble Ladybower Reservoir is a large Y-shaped reservoir, the lowest of three in the Upper Derwent Valley in Derbyshire, it was built between 1935 and 1943 by the Derwent Valley Water Board to supplement the other two reservoirs in supplying the water needs of the East Midlands. It took a further two years to fill (1945). 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 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. Thanks for looking
History Ladybower Reservoir lies in the Peak District and was established in 1935, when the Derwent Valley Water Board were tasked with providing a sustainable and safe water source for Sheffield and other surrounding areas and key cities. It was the final reservoir to be constructed out of the three that now reside within the vicinity. Ladybower wasnâ€™t completed until 1943 and during that time it was necessary for two local villages (Derwent and Ashopton) to be drowned. Although all of the residents were relocated, one lady refused to move and continued to live in her property up until her death in 1990. By this point, it was rumoured that the water in Ladybower Reservoir was touching the front steps of her cottage. The remnants of the village still lie beneath the surface of the water and occasionally, when the water levels are particularly low, some of the old structures are still visible to passersby. The dam itself is especially unique as it houses two entirely enclosed bellmouth overflows which are each located at either side of the wall. Both structures are constructed of stone and have a diameter of 24 metres (80ft), with outlets that are 4.6 metres (15ft) in diameter. Water is discharged via two separate valve houses which are situated at the base of the dam. Although the overflow tunnels originally had walkways positioned throughout, they have been dismantled and, with the exception of the odd frog, fish and shrew, the structures remain completely bare. Our Version of Events After a good caving session in the Peak District we found ourselves inadvertently driving towards Ladybower Reservoir. As we drove we gazed at the calm waters, and watched several people casually fishing and riding bicycles. Suddenly, the exploration urge began to twitch and in an instant we found ourselves tucked away inside a fine looking overflow tunnel. Inside it was reasonably windy and a fair amount of nature also decided to join us on our little expedition into the darkness. Both overflow systems are remarkable structures though, and were well worth a visit! Explored with Ford Mayhem, Meek-Kune-Do, The Hurricane and Rizla Rider.
I've been wanting to abseil down the plugholes at Ladybower reservoir for years and a few weeks ago managed to finally get around to it as the water levels are really low... Enjoy!
The wife wanted to watch a musical about miserable french lesbians so I decided to head out while it was on (I was out 2 1/2 hours and it was still on when I got back) History I rocked up under the cover of darkness and checked the water level, the reservoir is about 2 - 3 foot off the top of the spillway so I was good to go To say it's pretty big is something of an under statement it's fooking massive but the XM-L 3800 shone like a beauty On with the pics Taken during the day It's pretty cold out and a layer of ice covers the walls The twin outfall at the end