Bamford Edge, towering above Ladybower Reservoir, offers unsurpassed views of the Derwent Valley, taking in Hope Valley, Win Hill, Derwent Edge, and not to mention Ladybower Reservoir iteself. This edge is especially impressive in late summer when the heather is in full bloom, covering the hills in deep purple hues. As the sun sets, these purples become more saturated. If you are lucky, the sky also takes on those late evening purple shades, giving fantastic opportunities for photographs.
Ladybower Reservoir is a the lowest of 3 reservoirs in the Upper Derwent Valley. The waters of the River Derwent flow through Howden Reservoir, then Derwent, and eventually into Ladybower. Built between 1935 and 1943 to bolster the water supply to the East Midlands, the reservoir took two years to fill. Beneath the waters of Ladybower is the site of the village of Ashopton. The buildings, with the exception of the church, were demolished during the construction phase of the reservoir. The clock tower of the church was visible above the water line until it was eventually demolished due to safety fears.
The area is an amazing place to visit, with walking, cycling and fishing chief amongst the visitor activities. If you do visit the reservoirs I would recommend getting into the area early and taking advantage of the many free parking locations. There is also a very good visitors centre at Fairholmes with toilet facilities and a café (open all year round except Christmas day!).