Carsington Water and Harborough Rocks:  Easy Access to Scenic Views

Carsington Water and Harborough Rocks guided walk

5. Carsington Water and Harborough Rocks

Sunday 25 July

With Rachel Bolton or Richard Tower.


Less than 30 minutes from Derby and starting from Carsington Water, this guided walk rises up onto high pastureland, providing quick relief from ‘everyday bustle’.  A choice of distances and ascents also makes it adaptable for families and those dedicated hill walkers who might be less mobile.  


The walk starts on the edge of Carsington Water, between the historic market towns of Wirksworth and Ashbourne.  It rises onto high pastures with stunning 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, bird hides, catering facilities, watersports and cycle hire.   


The distance of this guided walk is about 7 miles/11 kilometres with a height gain of 1138  feet/347 metres - it can be adapted to suit group, family  or private bookings.


The price is £38 per person. Please chose your preferred date and book below.  You are booking with Rachel Bolton and Richard Tower and one of them will guide the walk on the day.


Carsington Water and Harborough Rocks. With Rachel Bolton or Richard Tower


  • Fully booked

Meeting place and time

The walk has a later meeting time than most of our other walks, at 9.45am, ready to set off at 10am.


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. 


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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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?.