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Carsington Water

Leisure and nature conservation in a glorious setting


Carsington Water lies close to the Derbyshire villages of Hopton and Hognaston, the reservoir opened in 1992 and is operated by Severn Trent Water supplying water to the West Midlands.  Remarkably for such a large body of water only two farms and 11 people were displaced to flood the Henmore Valley in the construction of the reservoir.

Things to do...

Carsington Water is a popular leisure destination with activities to support a wider range of tastes, ranging from adrenaline filled watersports, through to more sedate shopping, café and children’s play area. The circuit is around 8 miles of purpose-built pedestrian and cycling tracks (cycle hire is available).  Much of the area is dedicated to nature conservation with a publicly accessible bird hide and numerous conservation areas.


Hopton Hall in the village of the same name is located at the northern edge of the Water. The Hall opens it’s gardens in early springtime for the glorious Snowdrop Walk and in Summer for the Rose Garden.


Carsington Water is located between Wirksworth and Ashbourne, Derbyshire.

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