WHATEVER this winter throws at us, one of the area’s most popular tourist attractions will be offering opportunities for people living in and around Ashbourne to enjoy the great outdoors.
Carsington Water, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors ever year, is far more than just a functional water reservoir and the attractions it relies on to lure people to its shores are varied and ever-changing.
Owned and managed by Severn Trent Water, the reservoir serves as a showcase for the work carried out by the organisation.
In its visitor centre people can learn about how the world’s most precious resource arrives at their taps and leaves from their sewers.
From the visitor centre, doors open into the courtyard where a small selection of carefully chosen shops and food outlets awaits, including one run by the RSPB which has a strong presence at Carsington.
In this shop, visitors will find everything from bird seed to binoculars and advice is always on hand to help people get the most out of living alongside wildlife.
As Carsington Water is a closely managed haven for nature, wildlife features prominently in the long list of things to do for people of all ages.
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust also has a strong presence at Carsington Water, including a wildlife discovery room and an outdoor classroom.
Volunteers have worked with Severn Trent’s own rangers to create havens for wildlife, and projects have included the creation of a bank for sand martins and a nest for ospreys. There is a path that follows the shores of the water for walkers and, for those with less sedate forms of transport on their minds, a cycle hire and watersports centre is located close to the visitor centre.
There is also a sailing club located a short distance from the visitor centre. To find out more about the activities and attractions on offer visit www.carsingtonwater.com