Carsington Water Cycle Trail

Start: Carsington Water Visitor Centre
Distance: 8 miles
Terrain: Off road, traffic free
Bike Types: Mountain bikes, Hybrid, Road Bike
Grading : Moderate

Carsington Water in Derbyshire is a popular for all types of sporting activities cycling, walking, sailing, kayaking and fishing. The cycling route takes in a loop of Carsington Water which is around 8 miles long. Classed as an easy route it does have a few small up and downhill sections and is more suitable for hybrid / mountain bikes but its perfectly ridable with care on a road bike.

Most people would choose to start the ride from the Carsington Water visitor centre on the Western Edge of the Lake where there is a large car park, picnic area, toilets and a cafe. It can get very busy but generally car parking is always available. There is also cheaper car parking and toilets at Millfields at the Southern end of the Lake.


Carsington Route Map & GPX
Download file: carsington.gpx


Carsington Water Accommodation

Silk Mill House  – Stunning Holiday Cottage in the Heart of a Historical Town

Poplars Farm – Holiday cottage, camping and glamping near Ashbourne.

Winnow Barns – Traditional barns, dating back to the 1700’s have recently been lovingly converted into luxury holiday accommodation.

Beechenhill Farm Cottages – Three cottages in a stunning spot in the Peak District National Park, just up the hill from Dovedale.

The Rose & Crown – A traditional family run B&B near Ashbourne

Millfields Farm Holiday Cottages – Luxury cottages 150 yards from Carsington Water

More Information

Map: Carsington Water Map

Parking: There is a large pay and display car park at the Carsington Water visitor centre and also a smaller pay and display on the road leading up to Millfields.

Also try The High Peak Trail

Convert your old bike to electric with an E-Bike Conversion kit