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Carsington Water or Carsington Reservoir in Derbyshire was opened in May 1992 by Her Majesty the Queen and has remained a very popular visitor attraction. Carsington Water is owned and operated by Severn Trent Water and exists to store water pumped from the River Derwent at times of high rainfall, to store the water and return it to the river when the river level would otherwise be too low to allow water extraction for treatment further downstream.



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Carsington Water

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Carsington Water
Big Lane
Ashbourne
Derbyshire
DE6 1ST

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Carsington Water or Carsington Reservoir in Derbyshire was opened in May 1992 by Her Majesty the Queen and has remained a very popular visitor attraction.


Carsington Water is owned and operated by Severn Trent Water and exists to store water pumped from the River Derwent at times of high rainfall, to store the water and return it to the river when the river level would otherwise be too low to allow water extraction for treatment further downstream.


Carsington Visitor Centre holds a permanent exhibition explaining the role of water in our daily lives, the history and purpose of the reservoir and the role Severn Trent plays in conservation. A range of information sheets and booklets are on offer to help you understand the site and make the most of the recreational facilities.



Carsington Water is home to local and migrating bird species all year round, which can be observed from the site’s bird-watching hides and wildlife centre.


For the more active the site has numerous cycle paths and trails, an adventure playground for the young and a full calendar of outdoor activities at the water sports centre. Bicycle hire is also available.


Carsington Water is licensed to perform civil weddings.


Carsington Water is open seven days a week from 10.00am (closing times vary-please check) Closed Christmas Day.


A visit to Carsington Water is much more than a fun day out in the country. It offers a wealth of teaching opportunities supporting key curriculum themes in a number of areas. It also demonstrates the importance of water in our lives and the issues facing all young people as the world becomes more populated in the years to come.


Educational Visits - School groups are welcome. To book teacher led visits please contact the  Derbyshire Wildlife Trust on 01773 881188, or for self-led visits please call 03306 780701. So whether you are visiting from a school, a trip with the Brownies or Boy Scouts, or from a children’s holiday club there should be something for everyone.



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