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Carsington Water

Visitors Centre Carsington Water, Ashbourne DE6 1ST, England
+44 1629 540696
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Great day's walking

Walked all the way round the lake - about 8 miles! Sadly we were too late to enjoy the café but at... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Lizzyloutoo
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
Shame about cleanliness of the visitor centre

Terrific place for various activities on land and water but the cleanliness of the courtyard area... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Clyde_Bernadette
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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  • Average6%
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“water sports” (56 reviews)
“bird watching” (37 reviews)
“severn trent” (29 reviews)
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Visitors Centre Carsington Water, Ashbourne DE6 1ST, England
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+44 1629 540696
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Reviewed yesterday

Walked all the way round the lake - about 8 miles! Sadly we were too late to enjoy the café but at least we didn't compromise all that exercise with cake! Stayed in our touring caravan at Uppertown Farm just up the road. £7 a...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Terrific place for various activities on land and water but the cleanliness of the courtyard area is dreadful. Filthy cushions and paved areas left a lot to be desired.

Thank Clyde_Bernadette
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Reviewed 3 days ago

What a lovely peaceful place, had a walk round here and on a sunny day and was very relaxing. Went for a drink in the restaurant and that was equally good. Very reasonably priced and food looked and smelt good but unfortunately for us we...More

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Severn_Trent_Water, Customer relations. at Carsington Water, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Thanks for your review I'm really glad you had such a great day out & maybe next time if you do get peckish you can always grab a bite to eat. Thanks again

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Cycling around the reservoir is great fun, though there are some tight bends to watch for with children. There is a playground, ample parking, a bike shop and a nice (if pricey) cafe with a terrace.

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Severn_Trent_Water, Customer Care at Carsington Water, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Many thanks for the review of the site . Im glad you had a good ride around the water , having done that trail myself a few times i agree there are some good challenges along the way . See you again soon.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

My daughter suggested a picnic here for Father's Day. Not having been before, I thought it might be ok. How pleased I was that the weather held and we had a lovely picnic before taking a walk part way around the lake. Good paths and...More

Thank OughtiJohn
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Severn_Trent_Water, Customer Care at Carsington Water, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Many thanks for your lovely review of the site . I'm glad you enjoyed your time at Carsington Water and the suggestion of the picnic from your daughter was such a great idea. We hope to see you again soon :)

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Went here on a sunny June afternoon to discover a beautiful location around Carsington Water. There are lovely walks and cycle trails and the lake is also used for sailing. There is a visitor centre containing Information, restaurants, specialty shops and a ice-cream shop that...More

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Severn_Trent_Water, customer relations at Carsington Water, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Thank you for you great review of Carsington Water. Did you notice the beautiful carvings out of wood too around the water ? Hope to see you very soon :) Thanks

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Not been here for a goodten year but enjoyed my last visit,Mum and i enjoyed looking around the centre and Dad enjoyed the scenery.Also been bike riding here once in the past.

Thank Elaine B
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Severn_Trent_Water, customer relations at Carsington Water, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Thanks for you lovely review I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit :) There's so much to see and do around the site and the views are amazing.! Hope to see you very soon Take care :)

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Severn Trent Water, who own and manage Carsington Water, have a great exhibition within the Visitors Centre. It tells you all about the weird and wonderful things that people put down the loo. Including, wait for it, a pair of false teeth. Your kids will...More

Thank peoplelikeus
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Severn_Trent_Water, customer relations at Carsington Water, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Thanks for your great review. :) :) I'm glad you enjoyed the visitors centre, it really does have so interesting facts and explains the water life cycle brilliantly, and there so many different activities on the site. I hope you return soon Take care...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful scenery, 8 1/2 mile walk all the way round. If you're going to do the full walk around then do make sure that you take plenty to drink with you as there is nowhere to get a drink along the way and also no...More

Thank 555hailey84
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Severn_Trent_Water, Customer Care at Carsington Water, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your review Carsington is a lovely place to visit, there is plenty to see and do whether you are walking or cycling, lots of wildlife - to hear the birds singing and watching the squirrels keep them selves busy is so relaxing. Hope...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely beautiful loved every minute! Great views, walks, lovely park for the kids can go biking do water sports, has a visitor's center, cafe for food or drink. We loved the walk round on such a beautiful day made it all!

Thank Laura G
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Severn_Trent_Water, customer relations. at Carsington Water, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

HI Thanks for your fantastic review. I'm really glad you enjoyed your day here at Carsington water. We really hope to see you again soon while we have some lovely sunshine. Thanks

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paulineplondon
June 16, 2018|
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Response from SueTimmis | Reviewed this property |
You can do both
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Saima S
May 22, 2018|
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Response from welshmannottingham | Reviewed this property |
Once you cross the stepping stones there is a small area where you can have a paddle, but there are stones in the water so bare foot is not advisable.
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Jamie G
May 4, 2018|
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Response from SevernTrent W | Property representative |
Hi , Thanks for your question The site offers a 8 mile route all the way around the reservoir. Shorter circular walks of one mile and three miles are available. You can ask in the visitor office for more information about... More
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