Carsington Sports and Leisure Ltd is a privately owned company that are located on the banks of Carsington Reservoir and provide equipment hire and coaching to those who require. At 750 acres, and with a reputation for crystal clear water, there’s something for everyone – all would enjoy a visit here.

The reservoir borders the Peak District National Park and as such gives visitors access to some fantastically stunning scenery. Carsington is an extremely picturesque location for a spot of spooning action and even though it’s an inland stretch of water, there’s still plenty of tucked away nooks to explore.

Wildlife in the area is abundant – birds are a typical case in point and a big draw for the area. Little Owl, Little Grebe, Great Northern Diver, Eurasian Oystercatcher, Common Tern, Common Redshank and Barnacle Geese are all common visitors to the area. Viewing these species from a kayak is a great way to enjoy your sport and Mother Nature’s spectacle.

How to get there:

Carsington Water sits roughly half way between Ashbourne and Matlock in Derbyshire. Stoke-on-Trent and Derby town aren’t too far away either. The B5035 runs close by on the western flank of the lake with the turn off for Carsington just before you get to the village of Knockerdown. Carsington Watersporst Centre sits right on the banks of the reservoir.


Carsington Watersports Centre has a fully singing/all dancing watersports establishment that provides lessons, hire and gear. Showers, changing areas and a car park is also on site.


One thing to be aware of with Carisngton is low water levels. Unfortunately during times of drought the depth can drop leaving a muddy launch. It’s still possible to head out for a paddle but this may be worth keeping mind. Other water users need to be avoided and weather fronts can sweep in quickly – particularly out of season.

Ins and Outs:

Getting your boat to the put in is really easy with a short drag and drop from the watersports centre.


Some of the cycle routes and walking paths around the reservoir are great for those seeking respite from H2O antics.


Carsington is operated by Severn Trent water in Derbyshire and filters in water from the River Derwent and Ambergate during winter months. In summer the process is reversed. England’s ninth biggest reservoir holds 35,412 mega litres of liquid.

Carsington is a noted spot for varied leisure activities including watersports and land related pastimes. The site has hosted music events in the past and continues to attract visitors from all over the country.

Fishing and kayaking are both very popular which could prick the interest of keen kayak anglers out there. For those looking to indulge in some flat water paddling fun, the lake offers a relatively sheltered and tranquil experience compared to what you may find at the coast.


Carsington Water, Ashbourne