Winter Warmer-Carsington & Harborough

Carsington Water and Harborough Rocks, Peak District

4. Winter Warmer - Carsington Water and Harborough Rocks.

Sunday 23 January. 


Less than 30 minutes from Derby and starting from Carsington Water, this guided walk rises high offering stunning views over Carsington Water on a Winter's Day


The walk starts on the edge of Carsington Water, between the historic market towns of Wirksworth and Ashbourne.  It rises onto high pastures with fabulous views over the 750 acre reservoir below. Your leader will tell you about the pasture’s ancient lead mines, now replaced with giant and impressive wind turbines which you pass close by.  Crossing the High Peak Trail, you climb to the trig point at Harborough Rocks (1,243 feet/379 metres) with its jagged Dolomitic Limestone and popular with local rock climbers.  Dropping into Brassington Village, the walk winds its way back on a miners path amongst sheep pastures, back to Carsington Village and down to the reservoir shore where you started.  


Both Brassington and Carsington villages have good pubs and local accommodation.  The reservoir offers a visitor centre with parking, catering facilities, lakeside walks, cycle hire and toilets.   


The distance of this guided walk is about 7 miles/11 kilometres with 1138  feet/347 metres of ascent. 


The price is £38 per person. Please book below.  


Winter Warmer - Carsington Water and Harborough Rocks. Sunday 23 January.


  • Places available

Meeting place and time

We meet at Sheepwash Car park, a pay and display car park on the edge of Carsington Water (nearest post code: DE4 4JN).  More detailed parking information will be provided in your booking confirmation. 


We meet at 9.15am for a 9.30am start.


Further information

What to wear and bring with you on guided walks with Rachel and Richard
PWA General Information - Open and Chall
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If you would like to stay locally the night before or after this walk, the towns of Ashbourne and Wirksworth are nearby and have a selection of B&Bs, inns, and self catering accommodation.  Visit our Accommodation Page.

Alternative Dates

For greater flexibility, why not do this as a private guided walk on a day of your choice, either on your own or with a group of friends or family?.