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Carsington Water, Ashbourne

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#2 of 15 in Nature in Derbyshire
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. To visit Carsington Water and get the most from your holiday in Ashbourne, create itinerary details personal to you using our Ashbourne holiday planner.
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  • Often come to Carsington Water restaurant as it is a place my mother can sit in her wheelchair and look out over the water without freezing to death. Unfortunately, this time, the restaurant was close...  more »
  • Lots to do here , we stayed locally for 5 days. The visitor centre is good for food and drink. The granite ball is fascinating. We walked the full walk around the lake, it’s very well maintained with ...  more »
  • My family have been visiting Carsington for years. In fact I remember it before it was filled with water so thats going back. We love it here. Birdwatching, walking, photography, eating, and they have...  more »
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  • We enjoyed our walk around Carsington Water, kids played on the park, stopped off at the bird watching hut. It's cheaper to park at the smaller car parks on the opposite side of the water to the shops but if you don't want to walk and are just going to the visitor centre then you may want to pay the extra for parking. Beautiful views as walked around.
  • The walk around Carsington Water is really nice. If you walk the entire route, it's around 8 miles, which is not too bad and you can take it steady. You can start the walk at the Carsington Water Visitor Centre, which has plenty of parking spaces, outdoor seating and a café with toilets, but there are plenty of other starting points like Carsington village. Water sports are available to play close to the visitor centre. The walk itself takes you around the water - it's quite a scenic route with lots of nature. I'd also recommend stopping off in Carsington village which is beautiful.
  • This is a lovely place for a peaceful walk. It has a really nice cafe and some shops to look in. There are 8 wildlife huts around the walk. Also you can do water sports at the centre including fishing, canoeing, sailing and kayaking. I would recommend it.
  • Lovely place for a walk. we visited in January. Took the dogs loads of open space for them..There is a wooden Hide right at the side of the water for bird watchers. we parked in one of the smaller car parks on the opposite side of the water to the visitor centre, we paid £1 for two hours..lovely place in summer for a picnic, with some very scenic views...will go again for sure...
  • Lovely place to walk. Pity there is only one place for refreshments on 8-mile walk. A simple cafe "shack" on eastern side of water would get plenty of business!!
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