Carsington Water Caravan Club Site

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Our 'go to' campsite

Really like this campsite, it is only 30 mins away from us so we use it pretty often. We never have any trouble finding a nice and quiet pitch, but it can become a bit busy around the play area during the school hols. Nice long walk to the visitor centre for Carsington water, and a huge walk (8 miles) around the reserviour if you can handle it. I would recommend the Knockerdown Inn which is a 5 min drive away (dog friendly), I would not recommend the pizza van that comes onto site - very expensive and the meaty topping was shocking.. Great facilities (probably the nicest we have been too so far), and some good dog walks from the site.
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Bank Holiday family weekend

The site is located in a beautiful place with great views of the surrounding area. It is well maintained and the wardens are friendly. Having two play areas for kids really helps if you are a family.

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Amazing long weekend, favourite site by far!

Absolutely gorgeous site, with a lovely atmosphere. Couldnt have asked more from the wardens who were really helpful and friendly. They went out of their way to help us, and always with a smile. Would recommend to anyone
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Great Wardens

A super site on many levels. The welcome we received on arrival was probably the best we've ever had since joining the club many years ago. The wardens really do "set the temperature" and unfortunately on some club sites we have had "frostbite"! Here at Carsington Water we were greeted like old friends. How refreshing! The whole site and all of the facilities are an absolute credit to the current wardens and we thank them most sincerely. We look forward to our next trip to Carsington Water.

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Super Spring Break

Initial impression of the Carsington Water site was excellent. The experience continued for the subsequent 3 night break. The site wardens are an absolute asset. So helpful, friendly and personable. Impeccably clean, well organised and not a bad point to be raised. Pitches were lovely. Proximity of the Reservoir makes for superb walking/cycling and pub trotting for food. We will certainly be making this a regular site to visit.

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Maiden Motorhome Break

We booked this for our first break away in the Motorhome, it was as described, set in a peaceful pine wood with a gentle incline, the lady in the reception was very accommodating and gave us the information we needed for the site, our pitch was just past the ablution block, of which was very clean and modern with piping hot water in the showers, each pitch area had its own service unit for fresh water, chemical waste disposal etc, so no long walks each time to empty or replenish. We also found the ground staff very friendly, willing to chat or give help and information of the surrounding area, Will we be come back, thats a yes.

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Nice first visit

Just returned from our first visit to Carsington Water. Despite the week being a total wash-out weather-wise, we still managed to have some fun and create lots of memories for the kids. The site itself is very picturesque and if I return I would love a pitch overlooking the water - as it happened we were right at the top of the site in a small copse, surrounded by pine trees. It was beautiful. The lady on reception was extremely friendly and great with our children and gave them a little treasure hunt to do whilst on site. The toilet block was very clean and there were lots of cubicles. The showers didn't seem to stay hot though and after a few minutes, the water was just tepid. We also felt that the time the gents toilets were cleaned was a little inconvenient - they closed between 10am and 11am, which for us personally, was when we needed them. We aren't particularly early risers on holiday as we sleep so well in our van :-) With no other toilet block and only one service toilet for the entire site, we struggled to make it on time. Other sites we have experienced, always seemed to have later cleaning times or extra facilities - one to bear in mind for us when next choosing a site. I also felt the road leading from the toilet block back to our van needs better lighting. It was very dark at night time, with only one major light providing light for a longish stretch of roadway. I actually found it quite scary, especially with a small child in tow. Could perhaps introduce some smaller lights to indicate the route back? Carsington Water is a brilliant place for families and we could quite easily have spent all day there, had it not been for the deteriorating afternoon weather. We walked to the site from the caravan park, which was a mile and a half, along a suitable footpath. We browsed round the few shops, went on the trail to the stone island and stopped for a picnic on one of the many picnic tables, before stopping at the play park and grabbing an ice cream. We also visited Crich Tramway Museum, which again, had the weather been better we could quite easily have spent all day there. The kids enjoyed this place and loved the rides on the trams. This palce has been spruced up and there's more to do here since we last visited almost 10 years ago! Matlock Bath was a favourite with our children as we ended up there in the amusements almost every evening, dodging the rain. It's amazing how long £1 on the 2p machines can actually last! On our last day we made the trip to Sheffield for the Emergency Services Vehicle Museum. Felt this was a long way to go for something that didn't last much longer than a couple of hours - but still worth a visit if you're in that area. We didn't eat out very much, although can recommend Wirksworth Balti take-away. Avoid The Stepping Stones pub (Marston's) in Ashbourne at all costs - we spent an hour waiting for totally inedible food, along with terrible customer service.
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Snow at Easter!

Having returned from the site over the Easter period and staying for the remainder of the week had to write to say that the site is a credit to the two couples that look after it - despite the very poor weather - I think we had everything from wind and rain to snow and then more rain - they managed to keep the site in great order and the facilities - I don't think I have seen any cleaner on a CAMC site. We decided to change pitch on the Tuesday once our relatives had left as the top end of the site although very very quiet gets a little wet and its not the closest to the facilities - you can't have everything tho! Very helpful in letting us move pitch with no hassle at all. All in all the site will be much better when its dry but weather isn't bookable on the website yet - plenty to do in the local area - you have a very easy walk to the Millfields car park at the start of the site road and from there its a stroll to the visitor centre at Carsington Water itself so you can leave the car. If you're doing the walk and want to use the car then go from Millfields as the parking is cheaper!! Matlock Bath and Matlock are close at hand for the inland 'seaside' feeling and we also enjoyed the tramway museum at Crich which was holding its 1940s event. One tip - read your handbook for the approach, If you are using sat nav recommend you set the route to terminate in Hulland Ward if you are approaching from the M1 area and then proceeding as per book - otherwise you will find it routes you through some interesting villages and hills...........enough said!
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One of our favourites

Just returned from our Easter weekend at Carsington, usually our first outing each year to kick us off for the season. We’ve been members for almost 40 years and because the site ticks so many boxes, it’s one of our favourites. It’s only one hour away from home, it’s picturesque, it’s next to the reservoir and all it has to offer, it’s close to the market town of Ashbourne, it’s close to many points of interest in south Derbyshire - I could go on. What made it special for us this year was the wardens. There are just two couples for what is a medium-sized but busy site. They are so friendly and work so hard. They are a credit to the club and to themselves. Thank you for putting on such a brave face in what for us was the wettest and most miserable Easter Bank holiday we can ever remember. Keep up the good work.

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What a gem

Our first time to Carsington Water but hopefully not our last. A great location within walking distance of Carsington Water, the cafe in the visitor centre is a must as the cakes are amazing! Great facilities on site, and the nice touch of the radio playing whilst your in there! Although I imagine if you're up at the top end of site you would have a trek to use them. Whilst we was there the weather was atrocious with snow and heavy rain and whilst the site was struggling our pitch soon recovered after a few hours of dry weather. We made use of an onsite Pizza van on Easter Sunday which made for a nice change and were great, and not expensive. Great site, Great Wardens and Great Location, what more can you ask for?
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