Five varied circular walks in an exciting new landscape, starting from the Carsington Water Visitor Centre, Millfields and Sheepwash Car Parks.
Carsington Water, the last major reservoir to be constructed in the UK in the 20th century, is already a fine counterpoint to long-established farms and woods, ancient byways and secluded villages, providing fascinating and attractive walking country. It is located between the Derbyshire towns of Ashbourne and Wirksworth, a short distance outside the south-eastern boundary of the Peak District National Park.
The walks vary in length, from a short ninety-minute ramble through old hedged meadows and the quiet village of Hognaston, to a seven mile circuit right round Carsington Water. Other villages you can visit on these walks include Brassington, Hopton and Kirk Ireton, where there is a fine old church.
Two of the walks follow sections of the High Peak Trail, nowadays a popular route for walkers, cyclists and horse-riders across the Peak District, but which began life as one of Britain's earliest railways. It was originally designed to be a canal, hence the unusually steep gradients such as the one you will encounter on the Hopton Incline which, of course, would have been a flight of locks.