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UK Ladybower bellmouth overflows, September 2015

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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.

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Thanks for looking :D

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That shot you posted a while back was knockout Wevs :thumb

good for that shot alone but i would have liked the light coming down form the infall..Next time im visiting mr powers ill see about a daytime trip

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Looks awesome!! Might have to have a look at this soon. been thinking of it for a while :thumb

Did you use ropes?

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Looks awesome!! Might have to have a look at this soon. been thinking of it for a while :thumb

Did you use ropes?

Interesting place, I finally stopped thinking about it and did it ;) You don't need ropes.

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Interesting place, I finally stopped thinking about it and did it ;) You don't need ropes.

Ropes are much more fun though :)

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