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Carsington Water

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Address: Visitors Centre Carsington Water, Ashbourne DE6 1ST, England
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We were on holiday in the Peak District and decided to take a trip to Carsington Water. We have visited other places similar to Carsington Water and so we expected to visit a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Lydia H
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Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It can be good family fun if you take your bikes. Good place for wildlife, many species of birds which you can see close up from hidden cameras. The food is expensive and so are the gift shops. Its not a bad place to spend a summer afternoon and it is free to enter.

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Thank Waylon S
Derby, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I have been to Carsington many times and i really like the place and still do, but i will never hire a bike from the sports centre ever again . I reserved a bike by email the day before which stated that to have to call in the morning too see if the weather and conditions are good enough to... More 

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Thank teapot77
Severn_Trent_Water, Customer Relations at Carsington Water, responded to this review

Hi Thanks for taking the time to write your review. I understand completely your frustration after taking the time to call, I will pass on your comments. Im sure you can appreciate Health and safety is the main priority at all of our visitor sites. We hope this doesn't put you off Visiting again as Carsington Water is a wonderful... More 

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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were on holiday in the Peak District and decided to take a trip to Carsington Water. We have visited other places similar to Carsington Water and so we expected to visit a place which we could have walk around, get some fresh air and enjoy wonderful scenery. We were not disappointed! From the Visitors Centre, the various walking routes... More 

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

Hi Lydia, Thanks for leaving such a lovely review on your day out to Carsington Water. I'm so glad you managed to fit in a walk around one of the many routes, the views are stunning and it's such a nice relaxing atmosphere! It's lovely to hear you will be returning very soon! Maybe next time you could possibly try... More 

Montrose, United Kingdom
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166 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a beautiful spot and a great place for some exercise. It has lots of points of interest and a really impressive visitor center. Great views across the dam and reservoir. Great place for bird watching too.

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Thank Protraveller5_11
Severn_Trent_Water, Customer Relations at Carsington Water, responded to this review

Hello :) Thank you for leaving a review. There is some lovely views at Carsington and perfect if you like exercising, as you can walk, cycle or even go out on the water. I hope you visit us again soon More 

Ashbourne, United Kingdom
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284 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Plenty of car parking (pay and displays £2.50 for two hours- season tickets available) and very informative visitor centre, with cafe and courtyard shops. The centre is on the 110 bus route, Ashbourne to Matlock. Very good adventure playground. Wide range of walks/cycle rides as well as feature view points. Stones Island is well worth a careful exploration. Even if... More 

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Thank 1949etwall
Severn_Trent_Water, Customer Care at Carsington Water, responded to this review

Hi Thanks for leaving such a great in depth review, which i'm sure will help others looking to visit Carsington. I'm so please you found the Visitor Centre informative and hope you learnt something new? Did you get chance to pop in for a hot drink in the cafe, if not it's the perfect way to finish off a chilly... More 

Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited Carsington for a New Year's Day walk, although the weather wasn't on our side with freezing temperatures, strong winds, and rain. However, we didn't let this stop us from enjoying our walk and the beautiful views. Loved the concept of looking through the stones on stones island to see different landscapes. We then had to thaw out in the... More 

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

Hi What a great review! I'm so pleased you had a lovely New Years Day walk , what a great way to see in the new year! In fact, it's great all year round and i'm glad you didn't let the chilly weather top you. All finished off with a hot coffee, perfect! We hope yo see you again soon... More 

Leeds
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28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful setting, chilly fresh day , lots of fog, good 8 mile circuit, be aware of lots of other cyclists, walkers and dogs. Coffee shop OK, but surprised that they charge for contactless on a debit card, this is not right and opportunistic ,

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Thank Bobby005
Severn_Trent_Water, Customer Services at Carsington Water, responded to this review

Hi Thanks for taking the time to leave a review of your visit to Carsington Water. I'm sure it blew the cob webs away and was lovely getting lots of fresh air and just proves you can still have a great stroll on a chilly day! Sorry to hear about the coffee shop and i do hope this wont stop... More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
42 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is refreshing to visit the visitor centre to learn about the water provision for the area and to sit on the balcony to look at the reservoir. There is plenty to do here from sailing and wind-surfing to walking round the perimeter or just the island promontery. We went round it and up to the stones with a wheelchair!... More 

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Thank Colin4Wall
Severn_Trent_Water, Customer Relations at Carsington Water, responded to this review

Hi Colin Thanks for your fab review of Carsington Water. It's great to hear you filled your day with adventure and didn't let anything stop you enjoying your day with us. The views are stunning and I'm so glad you had a great time. We hope to see you again really soon More 

Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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111 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Came here with the dog and what a wonderful walk it was. Walked all around the lake and it was lovely. Car park is payable Plenty of seating Great information centre Happily return in the future

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Thank AliP28
Severn_Trent_Water, Customer Relation at Carsington Water, responded to this review

Thanks for leaving such a great review. The full 8 mile walk around the reservoir is beautiful and very tranquil. Great place to take the dog's for their weekly exercise while you get to recharge your battery taking in the scenery and wildlife. I would suggest getting a tea or coffee from the cafe or a nice warm meal from... More 

Derby, United Kingdom
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162 reviews
30 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great place for a bracing walk with plenty to do at the visitor centre and shops, also make sure you walk to the RSPB hide too. If you intend to stay awhile don't park in main car park, go to one of the others and walk, they are half the price to stay all day!

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Thank AdrianH1967
Severn_Trent_Water, Customer Services at Carsington Water, responded to this review

Hi Adrian, Thanks for your lovely review on your day out to Carsington Water. It is the perfect location for a long stroll around the reservoir as it's so peaceful and quiet. I'm sorry you felt the car parking charge was high, this fee helps pay for the facilities on site, not only the car parks but also the maintenance... More 

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