A slight deviation from
The Ladybower is a large Y-shaped reservoir, the lowest of three in the
All very nice and popular with walkers, cyclists etc – though on Sunday it was freezing and blowing snow flurries that later turned into some of the worst snows in years in England. To get there you can take the A57, the infamous Snake Pass, one of the most beautiful but reportedly dangerous roads in England - the views are stunning. I got out of the area slightly ahead of the major downfalls which notoriously cuts the whole area off regularly.
Most famously though the Ladybower and Derwent reservoirs were used by the RAF’s legendary 617 Squadron in 1943 to test Sir Barnes Wallis’ bouncing bomb before their mission to destroy dams in
The Raids weren’t that successful in stopping the Nazi war machine the raids had a hugely positive effect on Allied morale, did plenty of damage behind the German lines and dampened their enthusiasm.
Of course the whole story became a massively popular film which showed 617 Squadron training over the Ladybower and with Michael Redgrave as Barnes Wallis and Richard Todd as Wing Commander Guy Gibson (left). All this meant that the Dam Busters have passed into popular mythology in
Apparently the legend lives on – it seems the director Peter Jackson is remaking the film with a script by Stephen Fry and, according to film sites on the internet, starts filming this year.