As you may know, many of my photographs are taken in the Peak District, which is close to me and many others who live near Manchester or Sheffield in the UK. Being so close to two major conurbations, as well as Derby to the south, means it’s a popular place to visit. In fact, it is estimated that ten million people visit the Peak District each year.
Ladybower reservoir sits in the northern part of the park and is a great place to visit for a stroll in the countryside. I say stroll but you real can choose to go for a long hike onto the moors or just to go around the reservoir itself. The reservoir is large so plan your route in advance!
The reservoir is split in half by the A57 Snake Road. The bridges themselves are great to photograph and you have several angles to choose from.
Wandering around the edge presents you with an abundance of subjects. In the northern section, there is a pipeline running directly across the water. It makes for an interesting shot if you put your lens through the gate.
Ladybower is the lowest of the three reservoirs. The one just above is Derwent and this overflows into Ladybower over the top of the dam. This is an amazing sight and sound when in full flow.
There is a car park and shop where you can get some refreshments at northern end of the reservoir and some wonderful views to take in.
Ladybower is a Y – shaped reservoir and to the south as well as another bridge to photograph there are views across the water that are perfect for sunset shots.
One of the most amazing parts of Ladybower are the overflows. These “Plug Holes” usually sit above the water level but once all three reservoirs are full the overflows can be seen in full flow. Breath-taking to see and hear!
I hope you’ve enjoyed my location guide to Ladybower and please comment if you can J