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Carsington Water, Peak District

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If you’re looking for a fantastic day out for cyclists of all ages and abilities, try heading for Carsington Water in Derbyshire’s Peak District National Park. You’ll be cycling around the Severn Water reservoir with its breathtaking views and it’s a great location for beginners and families who love to ride together. But you’ll also have a superb opportunity to interact with nature and wildlife or test your skills on the water.

Route Guide

Currently, Carsington Water offers a choice of two cycling trails that loop around the water. If you’re riding with complete beginners or little legs, then the three-mile route is a great way to start exploring the reservoir. This route sticks close to the visitor centre, so it’s handy for the on-site restaurant and shops and are perfect for younger kids or riders new to off road cycling.
If you want more of a challenge, the eight-mile (15km) loop serves up some undulating terrain through the hills on the banks of the reservoir before flattening out and following an easy-going route by the water’s edge. None of the climbs are long but some are steep enough that you’ll feel it in your legs the next day and the section at the head of the reservoir will give your mountain bike a workout.