Carsington Water | Day Out With The Kids

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Carsington Water

  • Ashbourne
  • Outdoor
  • All Ages
  • National Parks

Attraction Information

Take your family to Carsington-Water - the 9th largest reservoir in the UK, and discover the beautiful nature around it. There are 3 cycling and 3 walking routes available. The best walk for kids is the scenic, 1-mile stretch leading to Stones Island. You’ll see stunning panoramic views across the water along the way, so be sure to bring your camera.
Carsington Water is a popular spot with fishing enthusiasts, plus it’s great for bird watching. Kingfishers, buzzards and grebes are amongst the birds who live there. Want to know more about the local wildlife? Visit the Carsington Water Wildlife Centre for the chance to watch and learn about these fascinating species. 
Just want to relax? Bring food along, set up in the BBQ area and enjoy a nice meal in the sun while the little ones run wild at the nearby play area. It’s a recipe for a great family day out! 
  • Perfect day out in nature
  • Lots of wildlife to see
  • Variety of activities available
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Opening hours

April - September: Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 18:00
October - March: Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00



Travel & Contact Information


Big Lane, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 1ST, England

Phone number

0330 6780 701



Click here to visit Carsington Water's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

Yes, you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant and snacks are available.

Yes, Carsington Water is wheelchair friendly and has accessible toilets.

Yes, Carsington Water have stated they are pushchair friendly.

Dogs are welcome 

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