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Carsington Water, Ashbourne

4.5
#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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  • I'm sure February isn't the best time of year to visit but this was a lovely location - so picturesque. Some wonderful walks, we loved the Ede bird hide, and the cafe is a real asset. Hope to return l...  more »
  • This is truly an awesome venue! Museum, exhibitions, bird watching, amazing walks and a playground for the kids. Car park is £2.50 for two hours but, after that, you can have a free day! There are won...  more »
  • Don’t bother even thinking that you get to ride around on a shared trail without dodging a thousand dogs either off leads or on a lead long enough to reach Ashbourne.These people will purposely step i...  more »
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  • Great place for a circular walk around the reservoir. Clearly signposted so you can't get lost and also more than suitable for walking alone (which I did today). Plenty of parking and good facilities at the visitors centre. Can be a bit busy along the route before and after the visitor centre but the rest of the route was fairly quiet. Plenty of places to rest along the way.
  • A great day out, the visitors centre is great fun for kids as well as having an educational edge. There's a few boutique shops as well as an ice cream parlour and tea room. The outside has activities from rowing boats to formal lessons for all sorts of water activities. For those who like to stay on dry land there's a walk round the entire reservoir but be advised to take a jumper as the breeze can catch you out.
  • Overall, nice place, nice people and a nice surrounding area. The reason for 4 stars is purely because of a desgusting smell right next to the doors (The back ones near the wet suits). Apart from that, the overall expirience was great, it is a real shame to be rating 5 stars, because I know that this place deserves a 5.
  • Great reservoir. The loop around is approx. 7.6 miles. Worth an ice cream in the visitors centre when done.
  • Ran around the park. Beautiful with lots going on. Has a shower for 50p in the water center. £2.70 for 2 hrs parking or £4.50 for all day.

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