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Things to do in Carsington, Derbyshire

Although Carsington is not by any standards, one of the nicer parts of the Peak District, the reservoir does provide a feature worth visiting.

Carsington marina © David Oakley-Hill
Carsington Marina © David Oakley-Hill

There is a signed walk around the water, albeit with a short section on the public road rather than on a dedicated path, of about 8.5 miles.

Toadstool table Carsington © David Oakley-Hill
Toadstool table © David Oakley-Hill

The walk takes in a mixture of a wooded area, meadow and open views across the reservoir, and provides a great diversity of birdlife and flora.

Duck at Carsington lake © David Oakley-Hill
Duck at Carsington Lake © David Oakley-Hill

Seven Trent Water have excelled in the development of the area, despite the loss of a large number of the trees in recent years, catering for a wide range of outdoor recreations.

Carsington boats reflecting masts © David Oakley-Hill
Carsington boats reflecting masts © David Oakley-Hill

Of particular note are the bird hides near the Sheepwash car park (which is free) and the fully enclosed and heated bird hide adjacent to the Visitors' Centre.

Carsington boats and stones © David Oakley-Hill
Carsington boats and stones © David Oakley-Hill

These hides are really worth a visit for any bird watcher, serious or occasional, particularly in the winter when a wide variety of ducks can be seen.

The birding experience is made even better by the efforts of the Carsington Bird Club, who in addition to monitoring and surveying the birdlife, provide a number of guided walks (including one at dawn) with a remarkably knowledgeable guide.

Description by John Wynn

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