peak district national park photography - Adam Sherratt
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Alternative Landscape - Ladybower Reservoir

This photograph was taken at Ladybower Reservoir in the Peak District National Park during unseasonably low water for the time of year. During Autumn this area of the reservoir is usually completely submerged in water. In spite of the mud I couldn't resist taking this shot. I loved the beautiful colours juxtaposed against the muddy foreground and the rotting log. 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!).

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