Low water levels at a reservoir have revealed a rarely-seen abandoned village that was flooded in the 1940s.

Derwent, in Derbyshire, made way for the Ladybower Reservoir, which was built between 1935 and 1943.

The “exposed village” has attracted many visitors to the area that some are taking home ‘souvenirs’ and painting graffiti.

The Peak District National Park authority said it was shocked by the damage to the "iconic" structures.

Edale Mountain Rescue Team’s Steve Rowe said he had also seen vandalism at the site.

He told the BBC: "There’s a fair amount of graffiti and defacement on the ruins.

"It’s a huge part of our history and now ‘Cheryl’ and ‘Steve’ have scratched their names in the rock.

"We need to look after it, we have a responsibility like you would at any historical site."

Historic buildings, churches and limestone cottages in Derwent and Ashopton were lost when the Derwent Valley was flooded.

The plan, which was strongly opposed, was to help serve the growing cities of Derby, Sheffield, Nottingham and Leicester with water.

The flooded village was seen in 1995, after a dry period that year, and also following the hot summer months of 1976.

A spokeswoman for Severn Trent Water has said the reservoir’s levels are “lower than normal” following the “exceptionally dry and hot summer”.

She added the company expects it to refill over the rest of autumn and winter and water can be moved from nearby reservoirs “if needed”.

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