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					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 enquiries@ladybowerapartments.co.uk www.ladybowerapartments.co.uk
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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 enquiries@ladybowerapartments.co.uk www.ladybowerapartments.co.uk
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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
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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.

				
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