The lakeside walk named one of the best in Derbyshire by BBC Countryfile

Boats on the lake at Carsington Water in Derbyshire Boats on the lake at Carsington Water in Derbyshire
Boats on the lake at Carsington Water in Derbyshire | Geograph
This easy 4-mile walk should take you around 2.5 hours to complete

Summer is officially here and many of us are desperate to get outside and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine.

But with money tight for many of us, days at theme parks or expensive trips to the beach feel a bit out of reach right now.

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That’s why we’re focusing on making the most of places closer to home.

One of the perfect places to visit near Derby is Carsington Water, a reservoir that can be found just outside the Peak District, near Ashbourne.

Carsington Water reservoir Carsington Water reservoir
Carsington Water reservoir | Chris Morgan

If you give it a google, you’ll likely be met with links to BBC Countryfile which feature it on its list of best walks in Derbyshire.

Carsington Water is more than a place to walk, with bird hides, a wildlife centre and water sports available, it is the ultimate location for a summer day in the sun.

We suggest packing a picnic and hiring a paddleboard for the day. You could even get a sit-on kayak if you’re feeling adventurous.

BBC Countryfile says: “Walking is the ultimate way to experience the reservoir’s wildlife. Carsington Water has hosted over 200 species of birds, along with butterfliesbees and insects.

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“Explore the surrounding wildflower meadows, reedbeds, ponds and woodlands, taking on the role of wildlife detective with young ones. Hunt pondlife, spiders and minibeasts.”

You can view the full map and walking route by clicking here.

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