We’ll meet at Carsington Water Visitor Centre Car Park with it’s cafe, restaurant and toilets. Then we’ll walk with you up through the fields to the small village of Hognaston and its surrounding hills with lovely views of the reservoir below – we’ll bring a map and compass and teach you to find your way using a map if you like! Farmer George has a lambing shed above Hognaston and you can see the new born lambs at the height of season. This is an exclusive visit where we learn a little about the farmer’s work – we make a donation with every walk to Hognaston Village charities
We pass through the pretty village of Hognaston and back to the reservoir’s edge via the dam wall – you can enjoy the many activities on offer. As well as the cafe and restaurant, there’s bike and boat hire, over eight miles of lakeside walks and cycle tracks, and bird hides.
Things you might want to consider – just ask when you book:
- We can often be flexible on timings and route depending on the age and ability of your party and the weather.
- Subject to agreement you may be able to bring your family dog too!
Meeting and Parking
We meet at the Main Entrance to Carsington Visitor Centre, Big Lane, DE6 1ST.
- 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.
At Carsington Water Visitor Centre there are public toilets, a cafe and restaurant, and adjacent bike and boat hire. There’s over eight miles of lakeside walks, cycle tracks, and bird hides.
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.
This is a Moderate Walk. (Harder for children under 6 – 7).
Here is our walk difficulty guide >
We have created a separate page of the most frequently asked questions here >
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…
- 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
- 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
- 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.