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Carsington Reservoir Accessible Walk

This is a lovely walk along easy tracks, following the shores, dam, woodlands and wildlife of Carsington Water.  This walk is also wheelchair accessible.

  • Total Distance: 4 miles / 6.5km.
  • Total Ascent: 246 feet / 75m of ascent.
  • Difficulty: Accessible.
  • Great For:  Slower, less mobile walkers or wheelchair/scooter users.
  • Approx Timings: 1000 – 1400. Final confirmation when you book.
  • Start/Finish: Carsington Visitor Centre, Upper Town, Nr Ashbourne DE6 1ST.
  • Location Map >

 

Please Note: 

  • For Corporate or Group Bookings it’s important that we are able to accommodate your wishes.  We may also be able to offer other dates or walk routes to suit your needs. Please Contact Us  to discuss costs and plans.   Or phone Richard on 07913 549483.

£25.00

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Description

Carsington Water was officially opened in 1992 and provides water for Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. Owned and managed by Severn Trent Water, Carsington is the country’s ninth largest reservoir with a capacity of 300 hectares / 741 acres. 700 football pitches could fit on the surface and there is an eight mile track around its perimeter.

Route:  The planned route is from Carsington Visitor Centre (with fully accesible toilet and catering facitlies).  The route begins by visiting Stones Island  – an easily accessible promontory overlooking the reservoir.  There’s an option to visit a nearby bird hide –many species can be seen here, including Curlews, Oystercatcher, Lapwings, Snipe and Great Crested Grebes.

We then descend and walk along the bottom of the Dam, alongside pretty woodland, before crossing a brook and winding our way up to the main Dam Wall – there are great shore-side views here at Millfields Car Park Picnic Area.  From the Car Park to the Picnic Area, there is level access and some tables have space for wheelchair users. The toilets here have access with a permanent ramp.

Our walk along the impressive Dam Wall offers a great panorama over the whole reservoir and up to Carsington Pastures and Harborough Rocks.  Look out for sailing boats and dingy racers, fishermen casting their lines. We finish back at the Visitor Centre with its exhibition about the reservoir, shops and café/restaurant  – ideal for a well-earned cuppa!

Additional information

The Walk

Carsington Water was officially opened in 1992 and provides water for Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. Owned and managed by Severn Trent Water, Carsington is the country’s ninth largest reservoir with a capacity of 300 hectares / 741 acres. 700 football pitches could fit on the surface and there is an eight mile track around its perimeter.

Route:  The planned route begins by visiting Stones Island  – an easily accessible promontory overlooking the reservoir.  There’s an option to visit a nearby bird hide –many species can be seen here, including Curlews, Oystercatcher, Lapwings, Snipe and Great Crested Grebes.

We then descend and walk along the bottom of the dam, alongside pretty woodland, before crossing a brook and winding our way up to the main dam wall – there are great shore-side views here and a café with toilets too!

Our walk along the impressive dam wall offers a great panorama over the whole reservoir and up to Carsington Pastures and Harborough Rocks.  Look out for sailing boats and dingy racers, fishermen casting their lines. We finish back at the Visitor Centre with its exhibition about the reservoir, shops and café/restaurant  – ideal for a well-earned cuppa!

Walk Date

Monday 29 April 2024 £25, Monday 13 May 2024 £25, Monday 17 June 2024 £25, Thursday 11 July 2024 £25, Monday 5 August 2024 £25, Monday 12 August 2024 £25

What’s included?

Included
  • Qualified Mountain Leader or Hill and Moorland Leader with Outdoor First Aid Qualifications.
  • Guiding throughout the day with briefing advice and support to ensure your safety.
  • Narrative on local points of interest, wildlife, geology, history and culture.
  • Optional photography of your day which can be shared with you.
  • The option of a free, return lift from a station or bus stop to the start of your walk to encourage sustainable travel. We can only arrange this if we have spare space in our vehicle and the pick-up point is reasonably close to your walk. Ask us when you book.
Not Included:
  • Parking or transport costs associated with your walk.
  • Essential walking kit or food.
  • Navigation equipment and maps for Navigation Courses (we will help if we have spares).

What to Bring

Here’s an Essential Kit Kist for all our walks >

Meeting and Parking

We meet at the Main Entrance to Carsington Visitor Centre, Big Lane, DE6 1ST.

Please note:

  • This post code covers a wide area, and so a sat nav might not take you to exactly the right place.
  • Please see a Google Map showing the location of the Visitor Centre  here.

 

Coming by Bus or Train?
We’re keen to support public transport use and reduce emissions. If you’re arriving reasonably nearby, we’ll give you a free lift.  Ask us when you book.

Facilities

Walk Start:  At Carsington Water Visitor Centre where we meet, there are accessible public toilets and accessible facilities including a cafe and restaurant.  There is adjacent bike and boat hire and over eight miles of lakeside walks, cycle tracks, and bird hides.

The Visitor Centre has mobility equipment available.  Find out more in the Carsington Water Accesibility Guide >

Along The Walk Route:  Along our walk we visit Millfields Car Park and Picnic Area.  From the Car Park to the Picnic Area, there is level access and some tables have space for wheelchair users. The toilets here have access with a permanent ramp.

Nearby Towns: Wirksworth is five minutes’ drive and Ashbourne is 10 minutes’ drive.  Both market towns have shops, cafes, restaurants, accommodation, fuel stations, independent local cinemas, and walk/cycle trails with bike hire. See map here.

Walk Difficulty

This is an Accessible Walk with gates but no stiles. There is an uphill section and downhill section but these can be avoided if unmanageable. Tracks are wide and suitable for wheelchair users.  If path erosion or damage makes access more difficult we will select another route. Here is our walk difficulty guide >

FAQs

We have created a separate page of the most frequently asked questions here >

Accommodation

Click here to see a Google map of accommodation near this walks start.

We have also created a page of Peak District accommodation we recommend here >

Respect, Protect and Enjoy!

We all want to respect, protect and enjoy the fragile upland environments where we walk, so that they can be enjoyed by generations to come.  Following The Countryside Code really helps…

Respect:
  • Be considerate to those living in, working in and enjoying the countryside
  • Leave gates and property as you find them
  • Do not block access to gateways or driveways when parking
  • Be nice, say hello, share the space
  • Follow local signs and keep to marked paths unless wider access is available
Protect:
  • Take your litter home – leave no trace of your visit
  • Do not light fires and only have BBQs where signs say you can
  • Always keep dogs under control and in sight
  • Dog poo – bag it and bin it – any public waste bin will do
  • Care for nature – do not cause damage or disturbance
Enjoy:
  • Check your route and local conditions
  • Plan your adventure – know what to expect and what you can do
  • Enjoy your visit, have fun, make a memory
Want to know more?
  • Sustainability – our actions and fund raising to support the local environment, communities and economy.
  • Contact Us – ask a question or make a suggestion.