A view of the reservoir.

Carsington Water

Visitor centre, walks, watersports and lovely views of the reservoir.

Approx 7 miles away


Carsington Water is a beautiful place to visit, at any time of year. There are three car parks (pay & display), a cafe & visitor centre, toilets, water sports and bike hire. The area around the visitor centre is fully accessible for all.

It is the ninth largest reservoir in England covering approx 300 hectares and is run by the Severn Trent water company. There is a seven mile track around the lake suitable for walkers and robust pushchairs. It's also a great cycle ride but can get too crowded on warm summer weekends.

Nearby attractions include the Miners Arms pub in Carsington Village, Hopton Hall gardens and Middleton Top.

Travel from Ashbourne

Carsington Water is about 7 miles from Ashbourne.

Carsington Water is around 15 minutes drive from Ashbourne - head out on the B5035 signposted for Wirksworth and follow the brown tourist road signs.

Postcode for sat-nav:

Take service 110 or 111. Service 111 goes to the visitor centre car park and the 110 goes to Carsington Village.

See our buses page for more information on Ashbourne buses.

By bike there is a strenuous ride up the Tissington Trail to Tissington Village, then downhill and across the ford and up to Bradbourne and then down again to Carsington. Bradbourne is one of a handful of "doubly thankful" villages, meaning it lost no citizens in either of the World Wars. There is an alternative (much longer) way back via the High Peak Trail to Parsley Hay and then back down the Tissington Trail.

It's too far to walk.