Carsington Water is a beautiful place to visit, especially on a warm summers day. 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 circumnavigation suitable for walkers and robust pushchairs. Its good for cycling as well but can get too crowded on busy days.
Nearby attractions include the Miners Arms pub in Carsington Village, Hopton Hall gardens and Middleton Top.
By car from Ashbourne
Carsington Water is around 15 minutes drive from Ashbourne town centre - head out on the B5035 signposted for Wirksworth and follow the brown tourist road signs.
By bus from Ashbourne
Service 111 goes to the visitor centre car park and the 110 goes to Carsington Village.
By bike or on foot
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.