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(June 16–21, 2005)

Richard Crowest

The Royal Military Canal

Nick Crossland

Derwent Dam

Near Sheffield, England, UK

18 June 2005

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100 year old dam, most famous for being used in the Dambusters training missions.

The Derwent Dam was built betwen 1901 and 1916 to help supply water to the cities of the North and East Midlands. It is one of a series of dams built down the valley.

As you walk up the wooded valley, there is no hint the dam exists, until you enter a clearing, and it suddenly fills your entire view - with the appearance of a medieval castle wall, it stretches across the entire Derwent valley.

Although there is hardly a drop to be seen in the panorama, the dam holds back millions of tons of water. When water stocks are higher, it overflows over the top, cascading down into the pool below.

In summer, the grassy area below the dam is a popular spot for walkers, relaxation and picnics.

The Derwent Dam is most famous for being the site where the 617 Squadron trained with their 'bouncing bombs' for the famous Dambusters raids on German dams in 1943.

The film dramatisation of the mission, "The Dambusters" was partially filmed in the valley in 1954.

Further information:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dambusters http://www.sykesssillysite.co.uk/617_dambusters_p15.htm
Canon 300D / Manfrotto tripod & head

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