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Officially opened in May 1992 by Her Majesty the Queen, it is now England's ninth largest reservoir. It has progressed to become one of the favourite leisure venues in Derbyshire, and has since its opening won numerous awards. So why not put aside a whole day to fully enjoy the range of facilities, activities and natural beauty that Carsington Water has to offer.

Planning for the reservoir started in the 1960s with actual construction starting in 1979. In 1984 there was a partial collapse of the dam prior to its filling. The dam was subsequently completely removed before construction of a new dam commenced in 1989. The finished reservoir was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1992.

The reservoir is a major centre of leisure activities including walking, cycling, birdwatching, sailing and windsurfing. The land surrounding the reservoir, in particular the facilities around the visitor centre, have played host to events including a music festival, the Festival of the Peak.

 

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