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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.

Great savings on days out

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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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Carsington Water Caravan Club Site
Arrived on Sun of the very busy Aug BH weekend. Site was pretty much full, however we were met with usual polite and helpful staff who pointed out all the available pitches. Despite the busy weekend the site was smart and tidy with all facilities perfectly clean. Lovely site for Carsington Water itself, we’re cyclists and paddle boarders so an ideal location. We spent 2 weeks at the site and during that time the wardens were amazing at keeping everything absolutely 100%. Bins emptied very regularly etc. The attention to detail around the site was also impressive, grass cut regularly and most areas were golf fairway standard. Edges to woodland and bases around trees were strimmed neatly, and nice touches like the herb garden, play and seating area ‘lawn’ in front of the reception clearly reflects the pride of the warden team. Really pleasant fortnight, thank you!

EiriOnTour

Reviewed on 15/09/2021 21:04

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G & Ts are ready!

Carsington Water Caravan Club Site
Our second visit here this summer. We picked a quiet pitch next to a new and expensive looking set up with two men sat outside. After a very pleasant walk across the reservoir dam we returned to find that this had become a loud group of people drinking wine. At about 4pm, there was a shout (see title), they moved on to the gin and we moved on to another pitch at the far end of the site! Such things must be real challenge for the staff; the "party" was still going strong when we took the dog out in the evening.

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Reviewed on 13/09/2021 17:33

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Great short stay

Carsington Water Caravan Club Site
We were originally due to stay at the Uttoxeter Racecourse site for two nights over the August Bank Holiday weekend but our booking was cancelled a few days before we were due to arrive by the CAMC due to the the security situation and the mass trespass there. Thanks to the helpfulness of CAMC customer services staff we were able to secure another booking close by at Carsington Water. We loved this site! it is very nicely situated right by the reservoir and we managed to get a lovely quiet pitch near the top of the site with plenty of privacy and space to sit outside. There is lots of woodland and trees - it reminded us of Center Parcs. One drawback would be the lack of sunshine because it is do densely wooded (there wasn't much this weekend!) but there are other areas which are more open. We enjoyed being able walk directly to the reservoir and cycle round it too. Not much time to do anything else on a two night break but we did have a drive out and came across by chance a lovely small vintage cinema in Wirksworth with a bar which was lovely. All in all a great short break not too far from home.

BettyS

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Reviewed on 09/09/2021 17:52

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Carsington Water Caravan Club Site
This is the first bad experience I have had at a Club site - so bad I had to leave after 1 night because the noise level was unbearable. As I wasn't offered a refund for my booked nights I feel justified in warning campers who want a relaxing break that they will not get it here. The hyperactive children who had no respect for other peoples pitches, turned the whole campsite into their adventure playground, screaming and shouting until after dark, no parents in sight. Then the next morning an extremely loud lawn mower started up. Add to this a few disgruntled dogs and you get the picture - noise, noise, noise. Also the grass pitch I was one was half mud where someone must have used a groundsheet. The pitch should have been closed until the grass had recovered. Consequently I was just bringing mud inside the caravan as I didn't want to make matters worse by putting down a ground sheet. I can't comment on the facilities as I didn't use them, feeling that no Covid precautions were being followed. I suggest, if concerned about Covid, that you take your own hand sanitizer. Such a shame. One site I won't return to.

KRobi

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Reviewed on 25/08/2021 17:36

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Ideal site to explore the Peak District

Carsington Water Caravan Club Site
We visited Carsington Water for four nights from 15th to 18th August. The location is perfect for exploring Carsington Water and the Peak District. We arrived at 13:00 and the warden met us at the parking bay before the barrier and politely confirmed our booking and membership. Payment was managed efficiently and we were free to choose our pitch. The camp is set within a pine and rowan tree plantation with pitches located in several avenues and cul de sacs. The excellent facilities are well maintained by the site staff who do their utmost to keep everything spotlessly clean and tidy. Sadly, some campers are incapable of wiping their feet before entering the toilet blocks, picking up toilet paper they have dropped on the floor, flushing the toilets and occasional dumping dog poo bags by the waste bins. The wardens must just despair. We found a pitch in what seemed a suitable position equidistant from the centrally positioned facilities and a water and waste station (of which there are several). We had just got set up when a family set up next to us. All seemed fine until the dogs emerged from the car, two pugs with the most horrible screeching barks. One immediately ran off and started fighting another dog on the other side of us and had to be pulled off, with no apology and oblivious to the concept of dog training or control. Next, two more families arrived, related to our neighbours and also with their dogs barking. Although they pitched elsewhere, base camp was next door to our ‘van and the noise continued until 22:30. Regrettably, barking dogs across the site continued to be a problem throughout our stay. Needless to say we moved pitch first thing next day after first asking the warden who was agreeable and found a near perfect spot with views of Carsington Water through the trees and quiet ! There followed three great days (and nights) walking around Carsington Water, through Dovedale, Ilam Hall Park and Wirksworth. So overall, we enjoyed our visit to Carsington Water and would return (probably during school term time). If we could request one thing of the wardens it would be to ask campers on arrival if they had dogs and impress upon them the importance of keeping them under control, including barking so that the enjoyment of others is not impacted and where necessary, take action where they are a persistent nuisance.

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Telephone:
01335 370903

Site information

With our campsites busier than ever right now, we'd really appreciate your support with a few things to help everyone have a safe and enjoyable summer. Please be mindful of site arrival times (as they do vary), keep children and pets close by and within sight, and ensure you keep your speed below 5mph. Thank you!

All internal shared facility areas, including toilet and shower blocks, wash up areas, laundry rooms, drying rooms and information rooms will be fully open, however in order to continue to protect our staff, we will still be requiring social distancing, and the wearing of face coverings in our reception areas for the time being.

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.