Carsington Water, with sail boats and other boats on shore

Carsington Water (Reservoir)


Visit Britain’s newest reservoir and explore the trails through spectacular scenery.  It offers a lovely day out for all the family with a children's play area, visitor centre, watersport centre and an 8-mile trail round the reservoir.

While here, take a short walk to explore Stones Island.

Visit the Sports & Leisure website

What makes it special

  • Explore Stones Island, and look through the holes at the captured landscape
  • Sail or windsurf in Britain's newest reservoir

Opening Times

Reception (daily) - 10:00 to 18:00

Cycle Hire - 10:00 to 17:00

Watersports - 10:00 to 18:00

Fly Fishing - 08:00 to 18:00

Hostels nearby

YHA Eyam exterior

YHA Eyam

Meeting rooms
Free parking on premises

Carsington Water (Reservoir)

Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 1ST

Map references

OS Map: 119, Explorer OL24

OS Grid Ref: SK241515

Lat/Lng: 53.060801, -1.641264

Contact information

Email: [email protected]

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