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Carsington Water Circular Cycle Route

England > Derbyshire > Ashbourne
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Cycle Route Details
Route NameCarsington Water Circular
Distance : miles (km)14.17  (22.80)
Posted Byukmtk
Calories Burned kcal
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Cycle Route Location
Start LocationHulland Ward (off A517)
End LocationHulland Ward (off A517)
Cycle Steps
This is a quick route around Carsington Water, on relatively pleasant roads, that skirts Wirksworth, then goes through Brassington and Hognaston. There are a few challenging climbs, the longest of which is about a mile. It is best done outside of rush hour to avoid traffic.
Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?
Get some good views on the road approaching Brassington. You are quite high up here.

Your comments?
posted by:Lynn JonesRating : difficult :
The 'cycle track' at Carsington is ill-conceived, poorly planned and badly managed. This route is advertised as being family friendly and safe. It is neither. This then ruins it for people who are suited to the route. We are a cycling family, both myself and my husband mountain bike regularly around North Wales. Our son (aged 9) races BMX at a national level, and our 7 year old is starting to follow in his footsteps. We took our mountain bikes to Carsington on a grey overcast day having completed the full length of the Tissington trail the day before. The hills mentioned are a challenge for even a hardened adult cyclist, they nearly all needed to be broken into 2 for our kids (and many of the red faced adults we saw) then when we got to the top we were greeted with signs telling us to dismount and walk down! These hills were safely ridable unfortunately at the bottom of each is a tight blind bend as the cycle route merges with the walking route. Yes that’s right you are forever coming round blind corners to be faced with a family walking and blocking the entire track. If like many of the adults we saw, you ignore the walk down the hill signs and ride down, you will probably hit them. When we reached the far end of the lake the fun started, some muppet had cut the hawthorn and blackthorn hedges that line the route. They had thoughtfully not cleaned up. 3 puncture stops later (fortunately we had a puncture kit many others were not so lucky as they faced the 4.5 mile walk back pushing their bikes) we were spat out onto quite a busy road we were expected to ride along (no pavement for the kids to walk along).

So our experience of Carsington was stop/start cycling, moaning children who have done nothing but struggle up hills and walk down them again all day and punctures because someone was too lazy to clear a cycle path of thorns after cutting the hedges. And an 8 mile cycle ride that took 3-times as long as the 26 mile Tissington trail that is about 5 miles down the road. NEVER AGAIN

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