Carsington Water is the 9th largest reservoir in the UK, holding nearly 8 billion gallons of water and deep enough to stack 7 double decker buses! It has a great playground for kids of all ages, over 12kms of traffic-free trails for walking and bike riding, a water sports centre, great picnic spots, shops and cafes, plus really good ice cream! Free entry.
5mins drive from Atlow Mill or Fern Cottage. Carsington Water
The Tissington Trail is an old railway line that runs for 13 traffic-free miles through the countryside from Ashbourne to Parsley Hay, where it is joins the High Peak Junction. You can walk or cycle, and cycle hire is available at the start of the trail at the Ashbourne Cycle Hire Centre.
Cycle Centre 12mins drive from Atlow Mill, 18mins from Fern Cottage. Tissington Trail
Dovedale is known for the River Dove, its impressive limestone ravines and the picturesque stepping stones. You can also walk up Thorpe Cloud from here, an isolated reef knoll with an elevation of 287m and great views over Derbyshire and Staffordshire.
30mins drive from Atlow Mill, 20mins from Fern Cottage. Dovedale & Thorpe Cloud
Just outside the village of Brassington, Harboro' Rocks is an outcrop of Dolomite stone that is great for climbing and walking, with excellent views across Carsington Reservoir and the Derbyshire countryside from the top. You can also explore the old cave that was still inhabited by a family of seven in the 18th century.
30mins walk or 5mins drive from Fern Cottage, 15mins drive from Atlow Mill. Harboro' Rocks