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Address: Big Lane, Severn Trent Visitor Centre, Ashbourne DE6 1ST, England
Phone Number: 01629 540696
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Great long walk. Even when Wet under foot good walking conditions. 8 miles round. Recommend to have a few stops. Nice cafe at start\finish.

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350 reviews
146 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Great long walk. Even when Wet under foot good walking conditions. 8 miles round. Recommend to have a few stops. Nice cafe at start\finish.

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Ripley, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

good food in restaurant with disabled access. lift to restaurant is small and not much room if you where in a large mobility scooter with family/friends or carers. Good selection of shops but a little expensive

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Thank JW172016
Severn_Trent_Water, Customer Services at Carsington Water, responded to this review

Hi Thanks for your lovely review and I'm delighted that you had a great time and enjoyed the shops and hopefully treated yourself. It's great to hear you enjoyed the food in the restaurant and I'll pass on your comment regarding the lift space , sorry about that and I hope it doesn't stop you visiting us again. Hope to... More 

St neots
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140 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really nice place serving excellent coffee. Although we didn't have any the cakes they were so tempting and looked delicious. Menu looked really good for lunch and afternoon tea. Toilet facilities were very clean. We followed the circular walk of Carsington Water, which would be OK for pushchairs. Wheelchairs users might find some of the hills on the far side... More 

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Severn_Trent_Water, Customer services at Carsington Water, responded to this review

Hi Thanks for taking the time to write such a great review. I'm really pleased you was able to enjoy all that Carsington Water has to offer. It's great that you loved the coffee and hope that next time you give into temptation and treat yourself to one of our delicious cakes. I'm happy you found the toilet facilities to... More 

Derby, United Kingdom
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1,054 reviews
383 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 680 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cold and chilly day but after a refreshing walk along Carstington Water you do feel better for it. Still plenty of wild birds to see and just enjoy the beautiful Derbyshire scenery.

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Severn_Trent_Water, Customer Services at Carsington Water, responded to this review

Hi Thanks for your lovely review and I'm delighted that you had a refreshing walk around Carsington Water, it definitely blows away the cobwebs! Be sure to visit our visitor centre and get a nice warm drink next time after you visit. I'm glad you had the opportunity to see so many of the birds, they really are beautiful. We... More 

Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of different paths for walking, a great park for children, ice cream shops & cafes, the reservoir itself + lovely boat rentals .. Lots of stuff to do here, would recommend for a good day out !

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Severn_Trent_Water, Customer Care at Carsington Water, responded to this review

Hi SaskiaRoseBates, Thanks for the lovely review, Carsington is one of our best sites and really does have lots to do. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit and I hope to see you soon again. Thanks More 

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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Regularly visit Carsington water. Enjoy walking and going for a coffee or an ice cream after. The place is well kept and lots of places to cop a spot and have a picnic. Always clean and staff are nice too. Parkings not too expensive and the park is fabulous.

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Severn_Trent_Water, Customer care at Carsington Water, responded to this review

Hi there, Thanks for you review. I'm glad you've enjoyed your recent visit. When the warmer weather comes around we hope to see you enjoying a picnic and an ice cream. Many thanks. More 

lincolnshire
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19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Surprised to see Carsington so busy on a Jan Sunday afternoon , very chilly with wind especially on high bank. Felt sorry for cyclists some looking near to hypothermia and cuddling their coffee in the visitor centre for warmth!!!

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Thank paquito54
Severn_Trent_Water, Customer Services at Carsington Water, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you very much for your review. I'm glad to hear that we were busy, even when it was windy and cold! Carsington can be just as beautiful in Winter as it is in the Summer, sometimes maybe even more when we've had some snow. On Saturday I went for a 20 mile bike ride and can confirm that... More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely area. For walkers, it is an 8 mile circuit around the whole of Carsington Water, mainly on the flat. This circuit is suitable for off road cycling too. Bird hides to visit along the way. If you need sustenance, there is the Mainsale restaurant for meals and snacks plus cafes and ice creams available in the shops area adjacent... More 

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Severn_Trent_Water, Customer Services at Carsington Water, responded to this review

Hi Sandra, thanks for visiting us at Carsington Water, I'm so glad you had a lovely time and enjoyed all the facilities! When the weather picks up you might enjoy the water activities we have available there, they make for a great day out and we'd love to have you visit again. We charge for parking as this contributes to... More 

Loughborough, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Love going here with the family for a day trip... Great play area for all ages, plus a few small shops, a good restaurant and lovely ice cream. Walking caters for little legs and for lengthier walks. Water sports are available but not tried these, and there is a well- equipped bird hide too.

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Severn_Trent_Water, Customer Relations at Carsington Water, responded to this review

Thanks for your lovely review on Carsington Water. I'm really pleased you enjoy the site and have experienced most of what it has to offer, you're right it's great for all ages - maybe in the summer you can try out some of our great water sports. We look forward to seeing you again soon :) More 

Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Had a walk around some of this lake over the Christmas period, unfortunately the weather was not good so we did not good too far, ideal place to walk the dog, there are many hard surface paths to follow, the is also a water sports club making it an ideal place to spend the day in the summer months, I... More 

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Severn_Trent_Water, Customer Relations at Carsington Water, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your lovely review. I wish I could change the weather for you, but hope you'll come back and visit in the summer - although we can't guarantee the weather then either haha. Maybe you could try some of the great water sports too - thanks again ! More 

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