Carsington Water is the 9th largest reservoir in England that takes water through the tunnels and aqueduct and straight from the River Derwent. Situated between Wirksworth and Kniveton, just a short distance from the Peak District National Park, visitors can take part in several activities here including cycling, bird watching, walking, horse riding, fishing, and watersports.
Great for a day out with the family on a hot day, Carsington Water offers a great selection of events throughout the year, from organised walks to fun family events. Facilities at the reservoir include public toilets, shops, outdoor areas for picnics and BBQ facilities, outdoor children’s play areas, on-site café and restaurant.
Things To Do At Carsington Water
There are lots of things to do at Carsington Water. Visitors can choose from one of three walking routes around the area, including a route which is suitable for pushchairs, wheelchair users and the less mobile. The area also features a Visitor Centre with an interactive exhibition for children about the water supply. Outside, children up to 12 years old can make use of the fun outdoor play area.
Visitors are also free to enjoy the outdoor areas, which include space for a picnic and BBQ facilities or The Mainsail restaurant in the Visitor centre for refreshments. For smaller appetites, visitors can purchase a snack, coffee or ice cream at the courtyard.
For cycling enthusiasts, Carsington Water boasts both a 3-mile cycle route and 8-mile cycle route that are perfect for all abilities. Both routes can also be used by house riders and the reservoir is also a popular fishing spot during the warmer months.
Everything You Need To Know
Carsington Water can be reached by car from the Boars Head Hotel in approx. 35 mins. It offers on-site parking and most of the tracks are wheelchair and pushchair accessible. Dogs are welcome at the site if they are always kept on a lead.
The visitor centre is open everyday, except for Christmas. We do recommend checking opening times on the official Carsington Water website as these vary throughout the year depending on the season.
Address: Big Lane, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 1ST