Summer 2009 elcome to our very first woodlands and a profusion of wildlife. W Ladybower Apartments Newsletter. Why have we produced the Newsletter? Well, the Peak District is so convenient for Against a magnificent backdrop composed from some of the most stunning scenery in the Peak District National Park, the Upper Derwent reservoir area is a truly spectacular location that is considered by many to be the jewel in the Peak District's crown. many people living in the UK. Add to that there are so many places of interest to The Ladybower Reservoir is the largest of explore in beautiful and accessible the Derwent Dams, which are famed for the countryside you can spend a quality holiday Dambuster training runs. without the hassle of a Guests will long-distance enjoy relaxing journey to get in these here from beautiful your home. surroundings, strolling We will be around the producing reservoirs, or regular taking in one Hat trick of Gold seasonal of the many guides to help cycle trails. Awards you explore For the more what the energetic, All three Ladybower Apartments have region has to there are achieved a 5 Star rating by the offer in terms numerous nationwide quality assessment of its rich outdoor scheme. This indicates the highest wildlife, history activities and standards of quality and service within and culture. some of the the self catering accommodation best walking category. In addition to in the country. information In addition all three apartments have about our own All three now received GOLD AWARD accommodat- apartments - accolades! ion they will Bridge Park, give Bridgewater These are new awards for self- catering establishments in 2009 and information and Bridge are given by Enjoy England quality about activities Suite - have assessors to experience and places to see during your each been graded as 5 Star by Enjoy to places visit. England. The resident owners personally that "go the care for all three apartments. extra mile" Whether you are interested in wildlife, to make historic houses, villages and towns, ancient Their award-winning residential Inn, The your stay a monuments, churches, museums, industrial Yorkshire Bridge Inn, is just across the road; special heritage or traditional landscapes then a it offers a wide variety of high quality dining, one. stay at Ladybower Apartments offers you a as well as an ideal place in which to unwind perfect base to explore what the Peak and relax after a hard day's sightseeing! The Gold District has to offer. Award We recognise that there's no such thing as recognizes If you are looking for luxury accommodation, an average customer, and we've been busy exceptional you need look no further. Ladybower fine-tuning our apartments to make your quality in Apartments are superb 5-star self-catering selection of accommodation even easier. all areas, especially in cleanliness and holiday apartments located in the former welcome. pump house for Ladybower Reservoir. If you're a walker or cyclist, for example, you know how helpful it is to stay Gold awards are only given to Restored in 2004, the building sits in a truly somewhere that offers facilities like a room properties at the very top of the 5 Star unique position adjacent to the reservoir, to store your bike and equipment. or 4 Star grading. amidst wonderful walking country, To book telephone 01433 651361 firstname.lastname@example.org www.ladybowerapartments.co.uk 2 Well, well, well. On yer bike! Well Dressing is believed to have originated in pagan times. The The sport of mountain biking is extremely popular in the Peak custom is almost exclusive to Derbyshire and is only found either District, especially around Edale and the Hope valley. Traversing in or very near to the county. The church banned it as water the hillsides on a bike is an exhilarating (and often exhausting worship but the tradition refused to die. In 1349 Tissington and dirty) experience and it is possible to cover considerable revived the art of Well Dressing and it now flourishes throughout distances over unlikely looking terrain. the region. In its simplest form Well You can find large groups of riders around Dressing can be described as these areas most weekends. One of the art of decorating springs the main centres for and wells with pictures made mountain biking are from local plant life such as around the Upper Derwent petals, flowers, berries and valley, near to Ladybower leaves. Apartments. The process starts with a Here you’ll find a range of wooden board soaked in the trails whihc will cater for all local river for a few days then levels of experience. Bikes covered in soft, wet clay and can be hired from the Peak the outline of the picture is Cycle Hire next to the Tourist applied. The outline is then Information Centre at filled in with either alder cones, Fairholmes. known locally as 'blacks', berries or even small white Try to avoid taking bikes onto haricot beans. the high peak plateau areas - especially Kinder, Bleaklow, Brown Next comes the painstaking Knoll and Derwent Edge. work of filling in the picture using a whole variety of 1 Cave Dale GR: SK139816 growing things including bark, Starting out benignly enough, this limestone horror only reveals mosses, lichens, petals and, in it’s true colours about two-thirds of the way down, just through a some cases, whole flower heads. A Well Dressing takes hours to little gate. It’s difficult enough to remount from here and the complete, and villagers often work through the night to finish in intimidating toothy, nettle infested rocky gully that is the only way the early hours of the first festival morning. down will make most riders keen to stay off the bike and start walking! Fear not! Stay confident, keep the momentum going Dressings can take a team of people up to seven days to and easy with that front brake - you may just survive! complete, but the picture only lasts about a week before the clay cracks and the flowers fade. 2 Mam Tor True Downhill GR: SK126836 From the gate on Cold Side (just below Mam Nick) a steep, The Tourist Information Centres distribute a Well Dressing leaflet stony shoot leads down to a gate. Once through the gate, the each year which includes details of all dates and venues as well track becomes very steep, very rutted and twists alarmingly to as locations where visitors can see pictures being made. The create a nightmare of off-camber ridges. No amount of time at well dressing season starts in May and runs through to late Coed-y-Brenin will prepare you for this. Top Tip - make your line September each year. choices quickly, then stick with them! Saturday 27th – Sunday 5th July 4 Derwent Edge GR: SK197884 Bakewell Well Dressing,Well locations:- Garden of The descent from the gate at the 376m metre mark is a classic Remembrance in Bath Gardens, Bath Gardens,Bath Street downhill experience that oozes quality at any time of the year a Corner, Church Alley, Church of England. 9am - 7pm real corker that is delightfully varied and only marred by the presence of three gates that interrupt the force of gravity. Saturday 27th June to Monday 6th July Starting with a classy, rolling, rutted section to gate number one, the descent then turns into a fast section of rutted singletrack. Hope Well Dressing. Well Locations , Market Place near St Through the next two gates the downhill chutes into increasingly Peter’s Church, Edale Road opposite the Methodist Chapel rocky territory - culminating in a series of testing mini rock steps Hope Primary School, Edale Road/Eccles Close that are best approached with caution! Hope Valley College, Castleton Road opposite Hope Sports Field 01433 621312 6 Hagg Farm GR: SK164891 Not a long descent, but a very good one. Short drop to gate then Saturday 4th to Saturday 11th July tricky, bermed surface to second gate and down into woods. Don’t relax, the temptingly fast gradient still throws in plenty of Hathersage Well Dressing. Well Locations:- School Lane, loose stuff and some awkward rock steps you could be eating Chapel Drive to Methodist Church on Main Road dirt here! Often slippy. Friday 10th to Thursday 16th July 7 Gores Farm GR: SK166897 Pilsley Well Dressing The descent proper starts around Lockerbrook. This one starts out straight and turbo fast, with plenty of opportunities to catch Saturday 18th to Sunday 26th July air over the numerous drainage bars etc. that criss-cross the track. Things soon get pretty rocky as the descent drops into the Little Longstone Well Dressing woods - often greasy with some awkward off-camber mini drop Well Location: Car Park on Main Street opposite the Pack Horse offs to catch you out then it’s steeply down to that great little Pub right-hand hairpin right near the finish. Saturday 18th to Sunday 26th July NB Grid references are approximate - they indicate the start of the downhills. Bamford Well Dressing Well Location:-Centre of village to the side of the village green For more information: www.peakmountainbiking.co.uk 01433 650544 To book telephone 01433 651361 email@example.com www.ladybowerapartments.co.uk 3 Bombs away! New for 2009 Bridge Park is a stylish two-bedroom, lower-ground-floor, self- It is hard to believe that this beautiful part of the Peak District catering holiday apartment. Its fully equipped modern kitchen was once associated with one of the most dangerous and daring opens into a spacious attacks of the Second World War. sitting / dining area, from where French The reservoirs in the Upper Derwent doors lead to a small Valley are most famous for the fact patio area complete that they were used by 617 with outdoor furniture. Squadron, 'the Dambusters', to practice their raids prior to their Both double mission to the Ruhr Dams in bedrooms are Germany. Dr Barnes Wallis designed furnished with the 'bouncing' bombs, and the RAF practised contemporary fittings their precise release at a height of 60ft and a speed of and are en-suite, exactly 222mph. featuring either a shower or a luxury bath. Only a ten minute drive from Ladybower Apartments, the Dams and Dambusters Museum is located in the west tower of * Luxury self catering holiday apartment. Derwent Dam, situated just a short distance from Fairholmes * Sleeps four persons. Car Park and Visitor Centre, in the Upper Derwent Valley. * Graded 5 Stars by English Tourism Council. Visitors to the Dams and Dambusters Museum can see video * Personally cared for by the resident owners. footage and memorabilia of their mission, marvel at the feat of engineering in the construction of the three Dams as well as * Convenient for Chatsworth and other Peak District visitor attractions. gain a wealth of information about the local area including the sacrificed villages of Ashopton and Derwent, the story of the * Stunning location within the Peak District National Park. village of Birchinlee which was known as 'Tin Town', and an amazing collection of local memorabilia and artefacts. * Secure private car parking. * Non smoking throughout. This fascinating display is open Sundays and Bank Holidays throughout the year 10.00am to 4.00pm. What they said... We think our apartments are the best. But don’t take our word for it! Here’s a selection of comments our guests have made in The Yorkshire Bridge Inn, our visitor book. Bamford Best self-catering we have ever experienced in 10 years. 5 star indeed. Could not be bettered. The award winning Yorkshire Bridge Inn is a traditional Peak Nigel & Joy, Northallerton, North Yorkshire District inn, privately owned and managed by the Illingworth Superb apartment. Certainly the best of many tried. Would family since thoroughly recommend. 1997. G Maddocks, Fareham, Hampshire Exceptional accommodation! You've thought of everything - a Our glorious real home from home. Thank you. location is just a Richard & Marie Mulligan, Nottingham short stroll from One of the best places we've stayed in for a while! Way better the Ladybower than a hotel! Thanks so much! Apartments. The Atkin Brenninkmeyer Family, Massachusetts, USA A wonderful location and amazing accommodation. Thank you It’s a great place for all the thought and care you have put in. to enjoy a drink Mr & Mrs Ingram, Jersey and have some Great location - so good they even managed to get me cycling! very good food! Liz & Andy, Kent Warm and comfortable inside - wild and rugged outside. Great The quality and integrity of our food is something special. We combination! have fine food prepared to order using fresh local produce. We Reg & Jean, Lincs support local suppliers and always seek out new produce. We Outstanding apartment. No expense spared. Exceptional have a wide menu, complimented by a selection of daily standard of cleanliness. specials, and the emphasis is always on top quality and good The Gormley Family, South Yorkshire value. There is a great choice of beers, as well as an Excellent accommodation. Great attention to detail. Loved imaginative well priced wine list with something for everyone and watching birds on the feeder every morning. a good selection by the glass. Margaret & Stuart, Isle of Man Beyond expectation. Superb apartment and facilities. Thanks for Our award winning success and desire to please our guests go the goodies on arrival. hand in hand. The Thomas Family, Newport, South Wales John Illingworth, Ladybower Apartments, Ashopton Road, Bamford, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 0AZ 4 Ladybower Apartment Walks: The Derwent Reservoirs A pleasant Derwent Valley walk taking in the contrasting landscapes of wild moor, The valley swings left beyond Broadhead Clough and the track forest and lake. follows suit on its way to the inner recesses of Bleaklow. Although the view is a spectacular one with rocky Length of walk: 6 miles escarpments of Crow Stones and Horse Stone Naze crowding the fast flowing River Derwent, it's time to turn Start: Kings Tree, reached by back to discover the eastern shores of the Howden bus from the Fairholmes car and Derwent Reservoirs. park beneath the Derwent Reservoir dam. Retrace the outward route down the valley to Slippery Stones, but stay with the stony track rather than Finish: Fairholmes car park. descending to the bridge. It climbs above a thin strip of woodland and at the foot of the steep flanks of Cold Terrain: An easy walk on Side, where the river widens to become the Howden stony tracks round the Reservoir. The track rounds the sides of Cow Hey, reservoir shores. looping in to Howden Clough before resuming its southerly course down the main valley to the stone- built Howden Dam. A circuit of the Upper Derwent valley and its The Howden Reservoir was the first of the Derwent reservoirs makes one of the Reservoirs to be started in 1901: the Derwent was finest low routes in the Peak, but started a year later. To facilitate the moving of stone for many it is too long and involves from Longshaw Quarry near Bamford, the Derwent some road walking. However, by Water Board built a railway that terminated just taking the bus from the Fairholmes short of the site of the Howden Dam. Workers car park up the west side of the were housed in a temporary village of valley to Kings Tree, the road corrugated iron huts. Tin Town, as it was walking can eliminated and the known, was sited at the foot of Birchinlee length of the walk reduced to Pasture on the far side of the Derwent manageable proportions. Reservoir. By 1917 the project was finished. The two hundred-foot-plus high From the little roundabout by the dams held back 4,100 million gallons of bus stop at the end of the tarmac water, which submerged beautiful road, go through the gate and pastures. follow the flinted forest road that continues between the spruce trees The track continues alongside the and the Howden Reservoir. It eastern shore of the Derwent descends to a splendid but isolated Reservoir, passing beneath more twin arched bridge at Slippery conifers and rhododendron bushes. Stones. This 17th-century bridge once Nearly two miles later it reaches the spanned the river further south at Derwent Dam, where there is a Derwent village, but the construction of memorial to 617 Squadron - the the Ladybower dam, which began in Dambusters, who buzzed this 1935, meant that the whole area would place on low-level practices for be submerged beneath the waters of the their May 1943 raid on Derwent. The bridge was dismantled and Moehne and Eder Dams in the stones numbered. In 1959, it was Germany. At the side of the reconstructed. dam, take the little path on the right, descending Cross the bridge and turn left on a path that meets a through the woods down stony track that has traced the eastern shores of to a tarmac lane at its Howden Reservoir. Turn left along the track, which foot. Turn right along the traverses a wide, grassy area at the foot of Cranberry Clough. At lane, which leads back to a ford, cross the stream on a footbridge to the left, before the Fairholmes car park, continuing with the track along the east side of the river. The and from there follow the sprucewoods have now been left behind and the walk enters the road to the Ladybower Upper Derwent valley. Scattered oaks surround the river, and the Apartments. hills close in to form a narrow ravine.