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Carsington Water

Big Lane, Severn Trent Visitor Centre, Ashbourne DE6 1ST, England
01629 540696
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Ranked #3 of 17 attractions in Ashbourne
Type: Bodies of Water
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Wickford, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is a fantastic place to walk, with flat, well laid paths. There are regular amenities and a Visitor Centre with plenty of information and places to eat. I accept that as there is no charge, parking prices need to be steep to pay for upkeep, etc, but why, when dogs are openly welcomed are there so few bins for... More

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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We camped at the Carsington Water Caravan Club site over the weekend, on the Saturday it rained most of the night but hey, Carsington Water is a man made reservoir specially built to collect water, it certainly did this weekend but was great. There are lovely walks to the visitor centre and around the lake, many cyclist use the area... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Love this place been back many times, did a 5 mile walk and had coffee cake and icecream whilst we were there, museum interesting and views breathtaking.

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Hinckley, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We stayed at the Caravan Club site adjacent to the reservoir. There were some lovely walks and the Visitor Centre had everything you could need. We saw lots of birds and wildlife while we were there and weren't troubled at all by cyclists as mentioned by others. We will definitely go back.

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Derby, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Plenty to do for everyone. Cycle or walk round the dam. Canoe, on the reservoir. Bird watch, lovely play ground area. This is suitable for small children and another one for the older ones. A small but lovely quiz room meant to educate the younger children on how our water systems work. A few shops. Splendid cafe with views over... More

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Yesterday was our second visit here and we really enjoyed our afternoon in the warm sunshine walking by the water. Others were cycling, dog walking, kayaking and the children were having fun in the play area. So plenty to do and see and then time to relax with refreshments.

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New Brighton, null, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Great day out loads of wildlife all rangers very friendly on a Tuesday they have a local falconry on site with numerous raptors and owls well worth a visit there is a fee for parking but free if you have a blue badge

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
26 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We visited Carsington to float our inflatable kayak and had a very disappointing visit. Carsington is a beautiful stretch of water with lots of water based activities and walks (you can walk the whole way round but it is quite a distance), there are also shops and cafes etc. We visited in the hope of floating our own inflatable kayak,... More

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Emsworth, United Kingdom
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87 reviews 87 reviews
31 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Beautiful place for walking, plenty of wildlife, activities such as sailing and cycling. Good café and restaurant. Very friendly staff.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
17 reviews 17 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Site has everything to keep a family happy, interactive exhibitions, easy parking with a small charge , cafe offering a wide choice of reasonably priced meals, picnic area and shops easy access for walkers and cyclists great fun for all not run down at all what do people expect from a reservoir?

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