This was our picnic spot (you can just see one of our folding chairs in the shade of the trees) when we went out with the family during the half term holiday. We were by the top north-east end of the Ladybower Reservoir and close to the overflow wall of the Derwent Dam and near the Fairholmes Visitors' Centre and Nature Trail.
The view from our picnic spot.
The water looked VERY deep, still and mesmerising. Sometimes the water from the Derwent Dam flows over the retaining wall. It must be quite a sight and it's rather thought-provoking to remember that there are thousands of gallons of water on the other side of that wall.
The wall and towers of the dam are very impressive. In the west tower is the Derwent Valley/The Dambusters Commemorative Museum and I walked up the steep steps to the entrance of the east tower. More energetic walkers can take the path to the very top and then on by the side of Derwent Dam and the Reservoir to Howden Dam. I would have loved to have had the time to explore and see the other side of the wall and the waters of Derwent Dam. However, I was in sight of the family across the meadow and they were watching me carefully!!
Part of the water channel was dried up, but where there was some water 'skimming stones' was a lot of fun for my husband and grandson. We were certainly thankful for the good weather during that week.