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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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Derby, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
8 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Plenty of parking which is on a meter so bring change. Watersports equipment is available for hire at very decent rates. If you are after a canoe id save your time and money ,go elsewhere i suggest lake rudyard at leek Canoe wise your limited to a very small area your allowed to paddle in,given the size available its a... More

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Glasgow
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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

I visited Carsington Water twice during a short break in Wirksworth in September 2014 with my husband and toddler daughter. We had no idea how lovely this part of the country was and were delighted to discover Carsington Water in particular. As another reviewer has mentioned, you do have to pay for parking: I think it was £2.50 for two... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

A lovely place.Nice walks excellent facilities.You have to pay to park but it is free for blue badge holders.You really have to have a nice day for this attraction.

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Birmingham
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We cycled around the lake, 8.5 miles. A few steep inclines but not too bad. Could be a little busy at weekend and holidays.

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Market Deeping, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

A very well designed visitors facility to go alongside an attractive reservoir. Well worth a visit even if you are not a serious walker.

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Geel, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

I started walking and I ended up walking all around it. Plenty of birds, nature. Places to rest. The is a bit expensive. Although there is a place called sheep wash were the parking is only 1 pound per 2 hours. Get something light for the rain just in case it rains half way through. It will take you a... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This is a great day out (weather permitting of course), for a choice of things to do. If your energetic, then there are various walks around the resevoir. There are walks of 1, 2 and 3hrs duration, or as long or short as you want it to be. There is only a parking fee to consider at this venue, unless... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

First time we came here the weather wasn't great but still had a lovely day. Walked had a picnic, there are undercover tables so that helped. Nice walk around the shops. Second time round we took our bikes as the weather was lovely... cycled the complete circuit.. apart from some of the ups which I walked : /....going into Carsington... More

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Derby, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The view is excellent, looking out over the reservoir. The centre is good for a visit or a cycle or walk around the water. The cream tea was lovely but we could have done with another vegetarian selection for the sandwiches. My friend had to have egg or egg!!!! Service was a little unpolished.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Cycling route was great for us as a family, perfect length of time with good facilities afterwards. A place we would recommend visiting!

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