A Day Out At Carsington Water

Carsington Water was the last major reservoir to be built in the 20th Century.  Set amongst beautiful scenery it is so accessible to so many and feels a little bit like a ‘day at the seaside’ with an infectious ‘feel good’ factor.

The maximum capacity of Carsington Water is 7,800 million gallons and the total water surface is equivalent to 700 football pitches so there is plenty of room for everyone!

The centre has an accessible restaurant with splendid upstairs views and an outdoor terrace giving you a special day to remember.

An exciting interactive exhibition is now available where you can learn about the water cycle and how clean, high quality drinking water makes it to your taps.

A path goes around the whole of the reservoir but it is very hilly in the side opposite the visitors centre and not suitable for pushing wheelchairs.

We recommend using the Yellow Trail, which is 1 mile and takes you along the causeway around Stones Island and back to the centre.  This has plenty of points of interest and has a lovely viewpoint.

For a longer stroll walk past the play area, heading in the direction of the sailing club and take the path that is level and follows the edge of the reservoir to the picnic areas at the top end of the dam.

Take a flask and snack and enjoy a rest before strolling back to the centre.

Motorized scooters are available to hire from the centre.  Disabled toilets and a lift to the restaurant make life a little easier too