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 ...

  • Bike hire
  • 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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Lovely site

Just spent 4 nights at this lovely site. It’s situated in a wooded area but lots of open spaces. Nearby Carsington Water has lots of activities - canoeing, paddle boarding, sailing etc. Cycle routes around the reservoir which were very enjoyable. Would definitely recommend this site. Band system works very well, felt very safe here.
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Lovely reservoir for cycling

Our first part -week break since Covid struck. No problems checking in (though we were later on so no Q). Band system worked ok - agree with previous reviewer that some way of having separate Q for loo only would be handy. Slight slope pitch in quiet corner with great views, with hindsight we would have had more sun on a more open pitch. Site layout is nice, didn't get the frequent 'car park' feel! Site staff friendly as always and Pizza night was great...they really are good :) Cycle (or walk) round reservoir is nice and all off road. Pity not all activities/instruction on due to Covid but that just means we may have to come back. Husband hired boat to fish, quite expensive (£51 day) but had a good time.
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Great site, took far too long to check in, saving pitch unfair!!

We’ve been visiting this site for 10 years now, our favourite site. We were concerned that the covid rules would change things but for us our holiday was just as enjoyable as ever. Simple rules in place which everyone followed. Unfortunately on arrival we joined the queue at the bottom of the hill, it took an over an hour for us to get to the top, we were told the card machine had gone wrong (not the staffs fault) names were taken and membership cards and we were told to go back in an hour to pay and let them know which pitch we were on. Not quite sure why it took so long. We chose pitch 14 and began setting up, we noticed a lady with a dog then stood in pitch 16, approx 30 mins later her motor home arrived, she had clearly got out of it in the queue and walked up and was saving the pitch, this was so unfair as several outfits drove around trying to find a pitch!! Site was very busy. Plus signage clearly stated that while waiting please stay in your vehicle and also the staff on the barrier said there was no reserved pitches. We have witnessed this before over the years and feel it’s very selfish of others to do this, not quite sure what can be done about this though. Wardens doing an amazing job as always.

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A Beautiful Site - Too long to Check-In

First off I want to say that this is a wonderful site, a great location and very tidy and quiet. The layout is excellent, not regimented rows, lots of character and our dogs loved walking in the woods around the site. The walk around the reservoir is great and makes for a good gentle stroll. I can't comment on the facilities as we remained self contained in the motorhome. Our stay didn't really get off to the best of starts however. When we arrived (about 2.30), we joined the queue of 5 vans in front of us. The process of check in seemed to be under some pressure and it soon became clear as to the reason. Having checked in", guests were told to go and find a pitch and then come back to confirm the number and collect tags etc. Sounds very sensible, but when you have a number of people queuing to go into reception, (to ask for info, to confirm pitch no, to buy something in the shop etc.), what happens is that the driver at the front of the queue waiting to get in has to join the back of the queue to check in ! It took us 45 minutes from arriving to getting through the barrier, not what we had experienced at other club sites in the previous weeks.Surely the process could have been amended so that one member of staff manned the barrier, greeted people and "checked them in", whilst the other manned reception to issue tags etc to guests who had already found their pitch. We appreciate that Covid has impacted everything we do, but come on guys, this can be improved.
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Lovely spot

Had a lovely weekend at this site. Surrounded by forest it was a gorgeous location and great for us to walk the dog. They had done well to make us safe with the Covid situation and we weren’t too inconvenienced. The wrist band system worked well, my only criticism being that the loo’s and showers were in same block so if you only needed the loo you still had to wait in same queue meaning if 3 people went in you had to wait quite a while for the showering etc to be finished. Not sure how they could get around that but TBH it wasn’t that much of an issue but might be worth looking into an alternative? I would also like to suggest what I did in the washing up facility area -instead of doing your washing up in the room ( only 1 person at a time ) I went in, filled my bowl with hot water and took it back to my pitch. Much quicker turn over. The location was incredible and so close to the reservoir, just 10/15 mins walk away and what a delight that was. The other thing which was a great facility for us people not wanting to cook, was that the site had a wood burning pizza set up on the Saturday night. Pre-order, select collection time, pay off-line and there you go. Pizza’s were wonderful too. Would recommend pre-order as they do sell out quickly. Totally recommend this site. Will be back
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Telephone:
01335 370903

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Site information

This Club campsite is now open and is following social distancing and safety requirements as set out by the UK government. Face coverings are now mandatory when visiting the reception area on site. Our priority is first and foremost the health and safety of our staff, our members, our guests and the local communities.

Only pay 5% VAT. A 12.5% reduction on all published prices will be applied to your booking when you arrive and pay for your stay on site.