A unique and interesting historical visit to Derwent Reservoir and The Dambusters story

The Derwent Reservoir
The Dambusters Story

The Derwent Valley

The Derwent valley and its surrounding countryside in the Hope Valley is a stunning place to visit, steeped in history and located in North Derbyshire, lying approximately 10 miles from both Glossop and Sheffield.

Driving by car

Travelling there by car is a must. It is roughly a 20-mile journey from us in Buxton, taking about 40 minutes, where the journey passes through the small village of Castleton and Bamford along the route.

It is a beautiful setting all year. We tend to enjoy visiting in the Autumn though to witness the dam when it is in in full flow.

The history of Derwent

The reservoir was built in 1914 and completed in 1916, with a greater demand for water from the increasing urbanisation of the surrounding areas. Within 2 years of its completion though the reservoir was deemed insufficient to cater for this growing demand and, as such, two rivers were diverted in 1920 and again in 1931 to aid the growing demand.

The surrounding Countryside at Derwent Valley

Much of the surrounding countryside is woodland consisting of larch, spruce and pine conifers, as pictured below and makes for a wonderful leisurely walk to Derwent Valley. Here you can see our black Labrador, Nayvee enjoying a run in the countryside.

Our black lab Nayvee enjoying running through the countryside

The Dambusters story

During the second world war the reservoir was used by pilots of the 617 Squadron for practising the low-level flights needed for Operation Chastise (commonly known as the “Dam Busters” raids), due to its similarity to the German dams. Today there is a commemorative plaque to 617 Squadron on the dam, and in September 2014, a unique flypast took place with the two-remaining airworthy Lancasters, one from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and one from Canada, flying three passes in formation.

The story of The Dambusters

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