Wonderful on Tap
Located between Wirksworth and Kniveton, Carsington Water takes water through the tunnels and aqueduct straight from the River Derwent. Carsington Water has everything you need for a great day out, with plenty of activities and things to do.
This visitor site is open with some restrictions
As restrictions in England are changing, we are following the Government guidelines to help keep everyone safe.
This site will remain open for people to visit with restrictions in place.
Our sites are likely to be very busy and we may have to close our car parks when we reach capacity, so please be prepared to turn around and visit another time.
Respect our site and neighbours by taking home your litter, or using a bin on site if you can't, and do not park in local communities if the car park is full.
It’s really important to protect the safety and wellbeing of all our visitors, local communities and our teams, so we urge everyone to minimise travel, observe social distancing and follow any measures we have put in place if you visit a reopened site.
Our team have also created a sensory guide for visitors with cognitive disabilities.
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%.
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.
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.
Carsington Water is a Visit England Quality Assured Visitor Attraction