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Matlock Bath, about six miles away. You can catch a bus from there to Carsington.
Buses run to the Carsington Water car park from Ashbourne, Wirksworth, Matlock and Chesterfield.
From the M1 southbound, leave at J28 and join the A38 towards Derby. Leave the A38 at the A610 exit and join the A610 towards Ambergate and the A6. At the A6, turn towards Matlock for two miles, then onto the B5035 towards Wirksworth. There, turn right at the T-junction with the B5023 and then left to rejoin the B5035. Continue for four miles; the reservoir is on your left.
From the M1 southbound, leave at J25 and join the A52 towards Derby. Go through Derby following signs for the A52 and Ashbourne. In Ashbourne, follow signs towards Buxton, but before leaving town turn right onto the B5035 towards Carsington Water, six miles away.
From Stoke, take the A50 towards Derby. Just after Uttoxeter, take the sliproad off to join the A515 towards Ashbourne. In Ashbourne, follow signs towards Buxton, but before leaving town turn right onto the B5035 towards Carsington Water, six miles away.
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