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Carsington water is located a short distance from the Peak District National Park in Derbyshire.
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Carsington Water - located a short distance from the Peak District National Park

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update

This visitor site is open with restrictions in place

Following the latest government guidelines that have lifted some of the restrictions on outdoor exercise and a travel, we’ve now reopened our visitor sites.

This site is now open - there are extra measures in place to protect your wellbeing and the safety of other visitors, the local community and our teams.

If you visit this site, please observe social distancing, check opening times, follow any new measures we put in place, and stay local. Do not travel long distances to visit the site.

When you visit, you must wear a facemask to enter the visitor centre, shops, cafes and takeaways.

Please note the exhibition in the visitor centre remains closed for now.

Reopening restrictions


Toilets are open but limited so please be prepared to queue.


The restauarant is open. You must wear a facemaks if you enter. Contact New Leaf catering for more information.

Play area

The play area is open, however please use the hand sanitiser stations before entering the play area and follow social distancing.


Carsington Clothing is open in the courtyard. You must wear a facemask if you enter the shop.


Fishing is open and is pre-booked only with Carsington Sports & Leisure.


Watersports are open but with limited services so please contact Carsington Sports and Leisure for more information.

Parking permit

Your permit will automatically be renewed by 71 days, which is the time Carsington will have been closed for.

You can now request a call back for a permit renewal or new application.


When you visit, you must wear a facemask to enter the visitor centre, shops, cafes and takeaways.

  • Maintain a distance of at least 2 metres from other visitors and staff

  • Respect any instructions or signage - they're there to keep you safe
  • Look after those with you - keep dogs on leads and children close by.
  • Maintain good hygiene and avoid touching hard surfaces

Carsington water

Located between Wirksworth and Kniveton, Carsington Water takes water through the tunnels and aqueduct straight from the River Derwent. We have everything you need for a great day out, with plenty of activities and things to do.


There are lots of activities you can take part in at Carsington, including cycling and walking. You can download a map of the routes and trails around the site to help plan your visit.




Some fun facts...

Learn all about Carsington Water's history at the on-site visitor centre.

  • Carsington Water is the ninth largest reservoir in England.
  • At its highest level the reservoir can hold 7,800 million gallons of water.
  • At maximum capacity the reservoir is 300 hectares (741 acres) -  700 football pitches could fit on the surface!
  • When full, the reservoir is 31 metres deep – the height of seven double decker buses.
  • The project to build Carsington Water started in 1980 and the first water entered the reservoir on 16 October 1991.
  • The site was officially opened by the Queen in May 1992, some 12 years after first opening.
  • Once built, Carsington water increased our raw water storage and supply by 10%.


Educational visits

Learn all about Carsington Water's history and its wildlife at the visitor centre.

School groups: In partnership with the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, Carsington Water provides facilities for school groups to visit the site and learn more about the water
and its wildlife. School visits can be organised by contacting the Derbyshire
Wildlife Trust on 01773 881188.

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust also host regular events including nature tots and family forest school.

Please book by visiting their website.

The amazing Kugel Stone    

On your visit don't forget to come and see the amazing Kugel stone - this granite stone weighs one tonne and revolves on a thin film of water which is pumped into the granite socket it sits in. Everyone is welcome to touch the stone and by giving it a gentle nudge you can make it spin in different directions.

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Carsington Water is a Visit England Quality Assured Visitor Attraction