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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

All of our Severn Trent visitor sites are now closed to the public to help limit the spread of Coronavirus.

It’s really important to us that we protect the safety and wellbeing of all our visitors. Following the government guidelines, we urge everyone to stay local, keep at least two metres apart and not to travel.

We’ll let you know if anything changes, but in the meantime stay safe everyone. 

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.

Activities

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.

 

 

Facilities

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