A winter walk around Carsington Water
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5 hours including lunch
This is a moderate day walk starting from Carsington Water and going through the picturesque villages of Kirk Ireton, Hopton and Carsington.
History of Carsington
The earliest occupation of the Carsington area dates back to around 2000 BC. A Bronze Age barrow (burial mound) was discovered near to the site of the Visitor Centre and during excavations in 1986 the archaeologists found human remains and a scatter of flints, including knives and scrapers. Pollen from those times was also found, showing that during the Bronze Age the landscape was mostly covered with hazel, oak, lime and other trees that were tolerant of boggy conditions.
Carsington Water has been a very popular visitor attraction since the reservoir was opened by the Queen in May 1992.
The reservoir is owned and operated by Severn Trent Water and is part of a 'water compensation' scheme. This means that water is pumped here from the River Derwent at times of high rainfall, stored in the reservoir and returned to the Derwent when the river level would otherwise be too low to allow water extraction for treatment (and drinking) further downstream. No water is actually extracted from Carsington Water itself.
There is a Visitor Centre which has within it a permanent exhibition explaining the role of water in our daily lives, and a wide range of facilities including shops selling souvenirs, craft items, embroidery materials, ceramics, books etc and a cafe. And a remarkable centrepiece of the courtyard is the Kugel Stone, a ball of granite weighing over 1 tonne and which revolves on a thin film of water under pressure.
What to bring
Food & drink
Please bring any food/snacks with you for the walk, and hot flask too.
We'll stop for lunch in the village of Kirk Ireton, or just beforehand. Those who fancy a mid walk drink we can visit the Barley Mow Inn.
The listed 17th-century Jacobean building has not changed for centuries, and has been an Inn since around 1800. This charming inn has lots of character with a small beamed bar, tiled floors and wall seats with tables made from reclaimed billiard tables. A small serving hatch reveals a stillage with upto 6 real ales dispensed straight from the cask. You won't find draught beer on tap here!
The Stables shop next to the pub serves sandwiches, fresh baked pies, pasties and cakes so if you do forget your butties the shop is ideal.
*Please note the pub doesn't serve food*