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From pedal power to wind speed, enjoy a great day out at reservoir

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: April 23, 2014

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AT Carsington Water, there is a wide range of outdoor activities, from cycling to watersports, to suit all the family.

Enjoy the area's picturesque trails on top-brand mountain bikes. You can take the short, family-friendly, three-mile route or the full eight-mile reservoir circuit, now all off-road.

Alternatively, you can increase your route a little and take in Hopton and Carsington villages. The routes are regularly maintained by Severn Trent Water and link to the Tissington and High Peak trails.

There are also taster sessions on offer, including sailing, kayaking and windsurfing.

Typically lasting 90 minutes, they are suitable for beginners from eight years and older.

All specialist equipment is provided. All you will need is swimwear and shoes which can be worn in the water.

For those who wish to learn a little more, there are watersports intro days, along with Royal Yachting Association and British Canoe Union courses.

Looking for something to keep your children amused over the summer holidays? Try a variety of watersports and land-based activities. All activities are designed for total beginners, from age eight to 15.

Multi-Activity Days cost £60 per child. They will run on certain days throughout the school summer holidays.

Children can be dropped off at the centre from 10am and the first session will begin at 10.30am. Youngsters need to be collected by 4pm.

Each day will comprise of three activity disciplines, from dinghy sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing, raft building, bellboating, orienteering, sit-on-top kayaking and mountain biking.

There are also Pedal and Paddle days, which cost £40 per child and comprise a cycle ride around the reservoir, with a stop for lunch, before returning to the centre for an afternoon on the water.

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