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Day out with Antony

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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.

Pics;

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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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Well that's awesome stuff, I saw your almost live facebook updates the other day. lol

Nothing like having a bit of fun on ropes, but remember, stay safe. :thumb

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That's a quality post mate, very photogenic place and sounds like a fun day :)

Almost makes me want to do underground stuff :D

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It is, used to walk my dogs here a lot - Oh yeah fun day too :thumb

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That's a fantastic report mate, really enjoyed that. Looks like a fun day out and that frog pic is a belter! :lol:

Cheers mate, good fun and i think i took more shots of the frog then the tunnel!! :lol:

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Instead of Rappelling down there, you should've just used a sledge!

Could have done really lol. Not so sure it would have been pleasant falling off...

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