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The Derwent Dam was built betwen 1901 and 1916 to help supply water to
the cities of the North and East Midlands. With the appearance of a
medieval castle wall, it stretches across the Derwent valley, holding
back millions of tons of water.
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.
Photography date: June 2005