Derwent Reservoir

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Derwent Reservoir Feb 19, 2017
Built in 1916 to supply water to the cities of Sheffield, Derby, Nottingham and Leicester.

Derwent Reservoir was used by the RAF's Dambusters to practise their low level flying techniques during 1943, in preparation for delivering Barnes Wallis' famous 'bouncing bombs' to German dams. Located in the West Tower of the Derwent Valley Dam is the Derwent Dam (617 Squadron) Museum which houses a collection of memorabilia dedicated to the famous Dams Raid carried out by 617 'Dambusters' Squadron. It includes photographs and other material covering all aspects of the Dams Raid, including details of the training flights carried out by 617 Squadron over the Derwent Dam and material relating to the film 'The Dambusters' starring Richard Todd as Guy Gibson, made in 1954. There is also an example of the famous 'Bouncing Bomb', which forms the centrepiece of the museum's display. Opening times are 10.00am to 4.00pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays only

There's nice walking to be had around the reservoir and there's a visitor centre (Fairholmes) and refreshments there.

Directions: 10 miles (16km) from both Glossop and Sheffield - off the A57 Snake Road.
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