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“Nice place to visit and walk around.”
Review of Derwent Dam

Derwent Dam
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Buderim, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
1,047 reviews
623 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 326 helpful votes
“Nice place to visit and walk around.”
Reviewed 30 May 2014

This place is a great place to visit and walk around and take in the history of the dam busters of the WW2. There is a wonderful but sad memorial of the dog that sat with its dead master for ? 10 days or so near the dam wall. The dam busters museum was closed at the time of the visit on a Friday. We had no problems with parking which may be a problem on the weekend

Visited May 2014
1 Thank olie293
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4 reviews
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“Lovely walk”
Reviewed 24 May 2014

Great walk and nice views. Parking was very difficult ! I'd suggest an early arrival to avoid this small problem. All of the dams are of similar design but defiantly worth a good look. Shop was a little pricey but seen worse.

Visited May 2014
3 Thank Lance C
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Great day out”
Reviewed 17 May 2014

Spent the afternoon walking round part of the Derwent Reservoir with family an dog , it was a beautiful day which made it a most enjoyable time also saw the Ladybower Reservoir when there.

Visited April 2014
1 Thank MollyBrown65
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Level 6 Contributor
113 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Amazing place, quiet, peaceful and spectacular!”
Reviewed 1 May 2014

We were in the area driving to Sheffield and we had some time to kill so we thought we would go and have a look. What an amazing discovery, I have been to Hoover Dam in Arizona and although Derwent is not as tall, you can get really close to the face of the dam here at Derwent. It's amazing to see the water cascading over the edge. The surrounding area and countyside is outstanding and we wished we could have stayed longer. (a return visit pehaps) We really wanted to walk up the valley further to Howden Dam, but we didn't have enough time. The visitors centre has enough to offer, food, drinks, information and toilet facilities. Have have to pay for parking but it's not too bad if you want to stay for a few hours or even the day?
One thing I did learn from this visit was that two villages were flooded in order to make the reservoir that leads out from below the dam, Derwent (some ruins can still be seen if the water levels are right) and Ashopton.
Bring your camera, there are plenty of great photo opportunities. There also plenty of picnic tables and seating near to the visitors centre.

Visited April 2014
3 Thank ManHeadingNorth
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Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Superb place. Lovely cafe.”
Reviewed 28 April 2014

We parked in the car park of Upper Derwent Visitor Centre. You can pay for a 2-hr stay or pay for the all day parking. They have a beautiful cafe. We got some veggie pastie, sausages and coffee from the cafe and sat on the outdoor seating overlooking the reservoir. The view was beautiful and the food tasted so yum.

Then we walked to the Derwent dam. Derwent Reservoir is around 1.5 miles with Howden Dam at the north and Derwent Dam at the southern end. There are some steps and gate next to the Derwent dam that take you to a higher level and you can then continue your walk to the nothern part of the reservior. The walk is beautiful and it is lovely to see how the water flows on the dam.

We were having such a wonderful time in the valley that we never wanted to return back to the hotel.

Visited April 2014
1 Thank LotusLakeland
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