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Carsington Water Caravan Club Site

Kirk Ireton, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 3JL

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Ideal for ...

  • Cycling
  • Dogs
  • Families
  • Walking

Why stay here ...

Nestled within an attractive pine plantation, Carsington Water Club Site in Ashbourne is beautifully landscaped, with pitches in open clearings separated by trees. This gives the Derbyshire caravan park residents privacy and quiet which many appreciate during the busy summer months. Improvements to the toilet block and facilities, including a new drying room, were undertaken in recent years.

Carsington Reservoir, a major attraction in the area, is conveniently adjacent to the Carsington Water Club Site. A mere 15 minutes walk will bring you to its great selection of leisure facilities including fishing, sailing, windsurfing and a children's playground. The caravan site is also an excellent base for walkers and cyclists wishing to explore the beautiful scenery of Dovedale and the surrounding countryside. The local villages, all with excellent pubs and restaurants offering hearty food, are within two to three miles. As you travel around the region exploring, look out for examples of Derbyshire's home grown art - "Well Dressing" - which happens in many villages from May to September.

Things to do on site ...

  • Playground

Facilities on site ...

  • Baby changing facilities
  • BBQs allowed: charcoal, gas, electric
  • Disabled facilities: facilities for wheelchair disabled
  • Disabled shower room
  • Dishwashing area
  • Dog walk from site
  • Dog walk on site
  • Drive over waste disposal for motorhomes
  • Electric hook-up
  • Family washroom
  • Gas
  • Late arrivals area with electric hook-up
  • Laundry facilities
  • Motorhome service point
  • Toilet block
  • TV reception: fair
  • Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi charge
  • Wi-Fi rating: Bronze

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Walking notes:

A good walk from the site is around Carsington Water (8 miles), and the Peak District National Park and High Peaks offer outstanding walking.

Check out our ViewRanger walk.

Supermarket notes:

The closest are Sainsburys (MH access), Co-Op, Waitrose and Aldi (MH access) in Ashbourne, about 6 miles from the site.

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Directions

Please only use these recommended directions for the final approach and not sat nav, as this will navigate you to the rear entrance. Please do not attempt narrow route from Kirk Ireton, or use A52 from west due to steep gradients. Turn left off the A517 (Ashbourne – Belper) in Hulland Ward at the signpost to Carsington Water into Dog Lane. In 0.75 mile at the crossroads turn right at the brown signpost to Carsington Water. The site is on the right in 1 mile.

Sites key: Club Site

Postcode:
DE6 3JL
GPS:
Lat 53.04414 / Lon -1.62705
Plan a route to this site
OS field ref:
SK250497
OS map ref:
119
Handbook map ref:
H7

Transport links

  • Bus stop within 1 mile
  • Buses go to: Ashbourne and Matlock
  • Car hire on site
  • Daily public Transport within 1 mile
  • Nearest park and ride: Derby

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Countryside base for Derbyshire dales

Spent 2 weeks at this site using it as a base to tour the area with our OS map. Site was very busy when we arrived due to being the end of school holidays, on the whole there was a quiet and relaxed atmosphere. You need to be prepared to pitch under a tree and don’t expect a view of the reservoir as there are only a few pitches which give this. Pitches are in need of some maintenance but shower block etc was spotless during our stay and the site managed well considering occupancy and turn over. Friday fish & chip van cooks fresh you do though need to be prepared to wait ( 1 hour !!!) Super roast dinner at Red Lion in Hognaston & excellent ploughman’s at the Miners Arms. Having dog walk around the site perimeter is a bonus , dogs do though need to be kept on leads. WiFi (caravan clubs own and paid for unlike Camping & Caravan club where it is free) & telephone signals very weak,
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Lovely wooded site with a great location

Lovely wooded site with a great location and a 8.5 mile walk around the reservoir. Site just let down a bit by scruffy and weedy hard standing, and drainage on the roads - although they puddled badly and were uneven the site as a whole coped with quite a lot of rain admirably. 4G a bit dodgy. Great location on the reservoir and with Knockerdown pub just up road. There's also a lovely short woodland walk out around the site perimeter with views of Carsington Water.
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Peaceful as usual

My third visit to the Carsington Water cub site, alone as usual except my dog, and we were both made welcome. I love the setting, in the pine forest, which makes you forget the cities and light pollution for a few days. Just a short break this time and with my local knowledge (from previous visits), I made most of the Knockerdown pub and local trails. We endured constant thunderstorms for the few days I was there, but it made the break more breathtaking than usual. I look forward to my next visit (with Amber).
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Peaceful break

First visit to Carsington Water site for a two night stay. Wardens were helpful on arrival, and managed to find a fairly level pitch that didn't have overhanging branches from the very tall pine trees. Its a largish site, with several areas off the main route through the site for six or so units to enable a family grouping. During our stay, the site was quiet and peaceful, even when on the Friday it began to full up. Communal facilities were spotless and well maintained, with most visitors adhering to the band system. We walked (in some cases yomped) around Carsington Lake, and I concur with a previous review, its better to walk this 9 mile loop anti clockwise to get the hills out the way first. We stopped at the Visitor Centre for a well earned tea and cake, before walking the top of the Dam back to the campsite. On Fridays a Fish and Chip wagon was on site, and Sat a Pizza wagon was due. Unfortunately, we didn't have the chance to try these delicacies as we met up with some family on the Friday and walked to the Knockerdown Inn (just over a mile or so). This pub was busy, and just glad we had booked an undercover outside table beforehand. The only area of disappointment was the pitches. They were mostly hardstanding, however were a little tired and in need of some maintenance. Also, there were approx 4 of the pitches with a traffic cone over the marker. I thought this was originally due to people being being out for the day and so saving their pitch. One was was for the food vans, but 2 of the other 3 were not in use the day we left, so wondered, who was saving them for who as they were some of the better pitches.
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Fantastic site

Stayed for 1 night at the site. The wardens were very helpful & friendly. The site is in a lovely location surrounded by pine trees & right next to Carsington water with great walks. The site was very clean & the wristband system works well for the toilets. We've already got our next visit booked!

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Site contact details

Telephone:
01335 370903

Site information

This campsite is now open. Based on the latest Government guidance, we are pleased to be able to open toilets, showers and shared washing and cleaning facilities operated in line with Government guidelines.

Remember, you only pay 5% VAT until 30 September 2021, then 12.5% VAT from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022 on Club campsite prices! All you need to do is book your holiday as normal, and the discount will be applied to the appropriate rate when you pay on site.