Walking routes at Carsington Water in Derbyshire

We visited Carsington Water on a lovely hot day in June and spent most of our time enjoying the watersports on offer and completing some of the Carsington Water walking routes.
Of the varied walking trails available we completed the yellow route which is around Stones Island and is on good paths so suitable for pushchairs and the less mobile.
We didn’t do the purple route which is along the top of the dam and returning via the bottom of the dam.
Unfortunately we didn’t have time for the more challenging route right around the reservoir either and only managed a section of it but we certainly intend to return and complete it in the future.

There are 3 walking trails around Carsington Water to suit all abilities

Carsington Water Circular Walk

Distance8.5 miles
Time Required 3 hours
Start / FinishCarsington Water Visitor Centre
DifficultyEasy relatively level walking on good paths through fields and woodland alongside the reservoir. There is no pavement on the section from Carsington to Hopton.
RefreshmentsVisitor Centre at Start/Finish
Refreshment Kiosk Millfields Carpark
Miners Arms, Carsington
Dog FriendlinessOn lead
From the Visitor Centre walk southwards and follow the path past the sailing club to pick-up footpath signs for Millfields.
Continue along the dam wall. At the far end follow the main path to Millfields.
Cross the car park in front of the refreshment kiosk which is open on a seasonal basis.
Follow the path close to the edge of the reservoir. After crossing a long footbridge take the footpath on the left with the yellow sign indicator (when there is an option – follow the yellow signs).
On reaching a narrow tarmac lane by Upperfields Farm turn left for a few yards and then right at a gate to follow a path signed for Hopton.
The path winds up and down through pasture and woodland before reaching a gate leading onto the B5035. At this point turn left, with the wall on your right. After 35 yards turn right and cross the road.
Follow the path opposite which leads you up to the road through the village of Hopton.
Turn left and follow the road through Hopton to the adjoining village of Carsington. Take care - there is no pavement on this section of the walk.
Immediately after passing the Miners Arms Public House turn left at a fingerpost sign and then left again to walk down the lane at the rear of the pub.
Before reaching the school turn right into a lane and continue straight on when it forks.
The lane ends at the B5035, which you cross and follow the path straight ahead for a short distance before bending to the left and then right.
Walk across Sheepwash Car Park and follow the distinct path ahead.
Keep to the main path close to the reservoir, past Carsington Wildlife Centre, back to the starting point of the walk at the Visitor Centre

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