Sheffield DA August bank holiday meet
4-day meet | Aug 24th - 28th | Uppertown Farm, Carsington Water
Booking is now open for all members wishing to join Sheffield DA for an extended late summer bank holiday weekend at Uppertown Farm, Hognaston. Site overlooks Carsington Water, a popular Derbyshire leisure destination offering a broad range of activities from adrenaline filled watersports, through to more sedate shopping, café and children’s play area. Click here for more information and to book.
The Carsington circuit trail is around 8 miles of purpose-built pedestrian and cycling tracks (cycle hire is available - book early). Much of the area is dedicated to nature conservation with a publicly accessible bird hide and numerous conservation areas.
Carsington Water lies close to the Derbyshire villages of Hopton and Hognaston, the reservoir was opened by HM The Queen in May 1992 and is the ninth largest reservoir in England, holding up to 7,800 million gallons of water with a maximum depth of 32 metres.
Carsington 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.
Today, Carsington Water serves multiple purposes, including providing a reliable water source for surrounding towns and villages, controlling flooding in the region, and offering recreational opportunities such as sailing, fishing, and birdwatching. Over the years, it has become a beloved visitor attraction and Sheffield DA are delighted to return once again to Uppertown Farm, overlooking Carsington Water for our popular late summer bank holiday meet.
You can keep up to date with events and signtings at Carsington via the Carsignton Water Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/stwcarsington/
Things to do
Carsington Water Visitor Centre
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 visitor centre café and shopping areas are now open, as is the excellent free 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.
Carsington Sports and Leisure
Watersports are open but changing facilities remain closed and activities must be booked in advance. For details of watersports, cycling and fishing activity options check out the Carsington Sports and Leisure website: https://www.carsingtonwater.com
Tissington Village and the White Peak
A short drive from site takes you to the impressive Tissington village (through a ford too, which is fun!) with access to the Tissington Trail.
Beyond Tissington is access to the White Peak, which gives the visitor a wealth of iconic Peak District scenery including Dovedale and Ilam village and Hall.
Wirksworth is a quaint and often overlooked town that retains much of it’s original charm, indeed it is reputed that Haarlem Mill is the inspiration for George Eliot’s novel “The Mill on the Floss”. Wirksworth is short drive around the reservoir and en-route the visotr can take in the nearby National Stone Centre and the start of the High Peak cycle trail, offering another off-road cycling or walking opportunity.
The market town of Ashbourne is just over 10 minutes drive from our Uppertown Farm site and offers a range of shops and eateries, plus is the start of the Tissington Trail, a 13 mile off-road trail along the route of the old Ashbourne to Buxton railway that is popular with walkers and cyclists. Cycle hire can be booked at either end of the trail, Ashbourne or Parsley Hay.
Slightly further afield but still just 15 minutes drive is Matlock Bath, which is likened to an inland Seaside resort and is in fact one of England’s earliest tourist destinations. The town is a mecca for bikers who come from far and wide to hang out and show off their pride & joy. Most weekends the town is host to slalom canoeing and kayaking competitions along that stretch of the Derwent. Above Matlock Bath the cable car takes visitors to the Hieghts of Abraham, a 60 acre woodland estate overlooking the town which hosts adventure playgrounds, woodland trails and illuminated caverns. It is advised to book the cable car in advance.
The village of Cromford cenres around the pioneering textile industrialist, Sir Richard Arkwright and was recently featured on the BBC TV series “Pubs, Ponds, and Power: The Story of the Village”. The show provides a fascinating insight into the history of Cromford, click here.https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bsrqky to preview for yourself. The Cromford Canal offers a pleasant stroll and Black Rocks provides an impressive Derbyshire panorama that is quite accessible
The Miners Arms: Locatied in the village of Carsington, the Miners is a great stop off for walkers and cyclists taking the circuit of the reservoir. The Miners Arms is a family-run free house that offers an extensive menu, local ales, wines and a warm friendly welcome. The main bar and snug are both dog-friendly, the restaurant is perfect for larger parties and the pub garden and stretch tent are also perfect for outdoor dining. To book call 01629 540207