Carsington Water Visitor Centre and Country Park

Country Park in Derbyshire

On our way home from the Mobility Roadshow last year, we stopped for a cup of tea at Carsington Water in Derbyshire. We’ve been before, but it was many years ago when the kids were younger and didn’t mind travelling with us.

Carsington Water is a popular visitor attraction and a country park on the edge of the Peak District. It’s an ideal day out for the whole family or even if you just fancy a chill out in beautiful surroundings.

Carsington Water and Country Park

There are plenty of disabled parking spaces outside the visitor centre. Inside there are a cafe, restaurant, shops, ice cream parlour and interactive exhibition about the water and its inhabitants.

Visitor Centre in Carsington Water

There are plenty of things to keep you busy, activities include:

  • Bird Watching
  • Children’s Play Area
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Watersports
  • Horse Riding
  • Walking

From our point of view, we were able to stretch our legs and on a short accessible walk around the water. From what I could see, there are quite a few flat walks suitable for wheelchair users and those of us who can’t walk too far. Walks are graded on the information board outside the visitor centre, I think we took the yellow route?

Walking Routes

If you fancy exploring the area in a bit more depth, you can hire a Tramper from the main visitor centre, when we were there it was £2.50 an hour, but check their accessibility page for up to date details and pricing.

Tramper Mobility Scooter

We didn’t have much time, and after a very nice lunch in the cafe upstairs (accessible lift) and a comfort break in the accessible toilet (Radar Key) we took a short stroll around the water, here are some photos.

Picnic at Carsington Water

Accessible Walks

Wheelchair Friendly Walks in Derbyshire

Wheelchair Walks at Carsington Water

Stone Island

Standing Stones

Country Park

We spent about an hour on Carsington Water, if you are in the area, we’re happy to recommend it.

Address: Carsington Water, Big lane, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 1ST
Website: Carsington Water
Twitter: @STWCarsington
Facebook: Carsington Water on Facebook

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