Cabins near Carsington Water with campfires

Fed by the River Derwent, the vast waters of Carsington Water provide a major leisure area in Derbyshire, with sailing, kayaking and boating of all kinds bringing family fun to the water.

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12 top cabins sites near Carsington Water with campfires

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The Old Vicarage

6 units · Glamping, Tents5 acres · Retford, Nottinghamshire, East Midlands
The Old Vicarage offers a relaxed and tranquil atmosphere for your stay for camping. We have BBQ's, camp fires to hire and have the shallow river to play in. Free Wifi. Well behaved dogs allowed on leads at all times. Riverside site in grounds of a 17th-century house in Nottinghamshire Close to Sherwood Forest and 25 miles from Nottingham Cave bar on site open on Bank Holidays You'll sense the history all around you at The Old Vicarage, from the old house to the remains of the water mill in the river bed. Stays here are in the grounds of a 17th-century house in the village of Elkesley, six miles from Worksop and 25 miles from Nottingham. Its grounds run down to the banks of the Poulter river, and are lined with stands of acacia, sycamore, ash and oak trees which were originally donated to the first vicar by the Duke of Newcastle in the 1830s. There's plenty of space around the site for traditional outdoor activities, with a rope swing and stepping stones over the shallow river and a bridge that's perfect for playing Pooh Sticks. In the surrounding area there are animal parks and nature reserves to walk around, or to head back further in time, you could take one of the trails through ancient Sherwood Forest, around quarter of an hour's drive away. Guest facilities on site centre around the Cave Bar, a cool little space built into an exposure of 500-million-year-old sandstone, plus an outdoor terrace for sipping drinks out in the sunshine. Other amenities include a washing-up area and bathrooms with plentiful hot showers, toilets and baby changing facilities.
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Top Farm Camp

17 units · Glamping65 acres · Ashbourne, Derbyshire, East Midlands
A self-contained cabin on a farm in rural Derbyshire
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£149
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Tipis at Ponty, Greener Camping

11 units · Glamping, Tents6 acres · Powys, Mid Wales
Adults-only, dog-friendly camping and glamping on the Powys and Shropshire borders.
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Wolford Wood Glamping & Camping

13 units · Glamping, Tents200 acres · Moreton In Marsh, England
Family camping in a Cotswolds wildflower meadow beside an ancient woodland and SSSI
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Butt Farm, Beverley

30 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents3 acres · East Yorkshire, England
A family-friendly campsite on a working East Yorkshire Farm just outside the market town of Beverley
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Cotswolds Glamping

3 units · Glamping12 acres · Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, South East England
Fun, laid-back, glamping that's ideal for groups, with silent discos and wood-fired hot tubs.
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Little Ranch Glamping

2 units · Glamping20 acres · Nantwich, England
Glamping on a charming smallholding beside the Llangollen Canal
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£125
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Lincolnshire Lanes

32 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Market Rasen, England
Old-fashioned family fun on a child-friendly campsite in rural Lincolnshire
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Haran’s Homestead

1 unit · Glamping4 acres · Accrington, England
A hideaway with a hot tub in the Lancashire countryside
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Buzzard Holt Hosting

4 units · Glamping11 acres · Buckingham, England
Glamping with a mini outdoor spa on the edge of Stowe Park in Buckinghamshire
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Heygates Lodging

2 units · Glamping3 acres · Market Harborough, Leicestershire, East Midlands
A place to unwind in the heart of the countryside. Canalside walks are on your doorstep and nature is never far away - birds of prey such as red kites and buzzards are plentiful, and you may be lucky enough to see otters in the canal. There's a variety of pubs and restaurants within a short drive, and the market towns of Rugby and Market Harborough area about 20 minutes away. Unwind in the hot tub, enjoy local beers and ciders or pick from our expertly curated wine list. Our Lodges have their own fire pits and BBQs, and all fuel is provided. Each lodge has its own hammock, and a designated private fishing peg at a turning point in the canal, meaning that you'll be largely undisturbed by passing boats.
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The T Barn

17 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents10 acres · Cirencester, Gloucestershire, South West England
Bell tents and shepherd’s huts with hot tubs on a picturesque Cotswolds farm near Cirencester
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Star Hosts in Carsington Water

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On the water’s edge, there’s plenty to do too. The surrounding parkland is popular for picnics and family bike rides and it’s just a short drive to the Peak District National Park. Carsington Water provides everything from aquatic fun to outdoor holidays that may also involve hiking, biking, rock-climbing and, of course, camping. There are plenty of good campsites in the local area, with only the best making the Hipcamp shortlist.

Cabins near Carsington Water with campfires guide

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Campsites in Carsington Water

Situated between two southern gateways in to the Peak District National Park, Carsington Water offers a handy location – and a charm of its own. This huge reservoir in Derbyshire not only provides water to the county but also watersports. If you’re looking for water’s edge camping in or near the Peak District, take some time to browse campsites in Carsington Water and its surroundings. Whether you want to launch a kayak, try your balance on a paddleboard, spot wildlife on the banks or simply like the views, Carsington Water is a great place to pitch your tent.

Located between the market town of Ashbourne and the former spa town of Matlock, Carsington Water is close to amenities, facilities and attractions. It’s also just a couple of miles from the national park boundary so you can dip in and out of the park almost as easily as dipping in and out of the water. The Peak District has long been a favourite destination for outdoor lovers and has some utterly charming camping and glamping sites from basic stone-walled meadows to places with yurts and shepherds' huts.

Things to do in Carsington Water

It’s not all about the water in Carsington Water – but it makes a sensible place to start. If you’ve chosen this location as your Peak District camping base, you’re probably bringing a kayak, paddleboard, boat or Hope to hiring one. You won’t be disappointed as there are plenty of opportunities on the water. Head for Severn Trent Water’s visitor centre or the neighbouring activity centre to find out what’s on offer when you visit. Activities on the water include paddleboarding, windsurfing, kayaking and sailing but there’s lots to do on land too. The reservoir is surrounded by wildflower meadows and woodland which makes a great habitat for birds. The RSPB have a shop and visitor centre here with information on the latest sightings.

The tracks and trails around Carsington Water would be reason enough to camp in this area but add in the Peak District and it's a hiking, biking and horseriding heaven. The national park includes hundreds of miles of footpaths and bridleways in its 500 square miles of protected landscape so there's plenty to choose from. A popular spot within the easily-reached southern half of the national park, known as the White Peak area, is Dovedale with its famous stepping stones. Further north you’ll find other famous Peak District landmarks including Kinder Scout, Mam Tor and Stanage Edge where climbing and peak-bagging and upland walking among the heather are the order of the day. Carsington Water’s location between Ashbourne and Matlock means there are plenty of Peak District and Derbyshire attractions nearby from the Heights of Abraham country park, cable car rides and caverns to the Crich Tramway Village.

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Fed by the River Derwent, the vast waters of Carsington Reservoir provide a major leisure area in Derbyshire, with sailing, kayaking and boating of all kinds bringing family fun to the water. A short drive from the Peak District National Park, Carsington Water provides some aquatic fun to outdoors holidays that may also involve hiking, biking and rock-climbing, as well as, of course, camping.

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