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Carsington Water, Ashbourne
(4.4/5 based on 850 reviews on the web)
In 1992, Queen Elizabeth II opened Carsington Water, a manmade reservoir whose shorelines host outdoor activities, such as cycling, walking, and fly fishing. Before enjoying the lush natural setting, stop by the visitor's center to pick up info on events and activities. The facilities around the center often host festivals, including the Festival of the Peak. Bring your binoculars for bird-watching and you may catch a glimpse of a little owl, great northern diver, common tern, or Eurasian oystercatcher. Arrange your visit to Carsington Water and discover more family-friendly attractions in Ashbourne using our Ashbourne holiday planner.
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  • Visited yesterday for a birthday cycle. Hired bikes and the lady was super friendly. Good 8 mile up and down cycle route, laid out with signs. Lovely views across. And friendly little shopping village...  more »
  • We had the Christmas lunch at the Mainsail restaurant this weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it. The atmosphere was wonderful and we all had a great time. 
  • I have visited Carsington Water on a few occasions and enjoyed both walks and bike rides around the water's edge. The availability of coffee or a meal at the beginning and end of or walk wraps up a ve...  more »