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This site has been chosen as the venue to incorporate our AGM which will be held at Hognaston Village Hall at 1400 hrs on Saturday 7th July 2018. As usual there will be a free buffet with drinks to follow. Please make every effort to attend. Your club values your input.
Get your bikes, boots and bus passes ready for Carsington Water. There are plenty of cycle routes, the favourite being around the reservoir, plenty of well mapped walks and the buses will stop at the entrance to the site when hailed. The entrance to the site is approximately 200 metres north of the Visitor Centre entrance, a map of which is within the attachment.
The towns of Ashbourne, Belper and Matlock are all within easy reach by bus No. 111 at site entrance or by car. Loads to do and see in each of these locations plus plenty more history, heritage and rural villages to explore, Wirksworth village being accessible from Carsington Water Walk.
A delightful walk round Carsington Water, one of Derbyshire’s most important tourist attractions since it was opened by HM the Queen in 1992. It is an area noted for its wildlife, with a Wildlife Centre and bird hides en route.
The reservoir built at a cost of £107 million increased Severn Trent’s raw-water capacity by 10% to meet the growing demand for water in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. Water is first pumped from the River Derwent at Ambergate Pumping Station. It is piped to Carsington Water when the river level is high and stored in the reservoir and released when the river is dry.
Severn Trent has planted half a million trees and shrubs in woodlands, copses and hedgerows; the result has been not only to enhance a beautiful landscape, but to create many new habitats for wildlife.
The walk visits the attractive conservation villages of Carsington and Hopton. They are inseparably linked and lie in a wooded valley with Carsington Pasture rising steeply to one thousand feet to the west, behind a row of attractive little cottages that line the roadside. Both villages share the same church and school. The houses in each village almost overlap on the shared narrow road, and they are both in the same parish.
Wingfield Manor, Hardwick Old Hall and Chatsworth are all close by.
There are four eateries within walking distance, The Pudding Room being the nearest 200m, great for lunches and afternoon teas, The Knockerdown Inn at 300m, lunches and evening meals but can be busy weekends, The Red Lion at Hognaston, a pleasant 20 minute stroll on public footpaths, lunches and evening meals and finally The Miners Arms in Carsington Village, furthest away so best considered for lunch with a leisurely walk along the shore of the reservoir on your return.
The village hall at Hognaston adjacent to the Red Lion has been chosen as our AGM venue, again a pleasant 20 minute stroll each way, or if you don’t fancy walking, there is a service bus which stops at the entrance to the site, arriving at the hall 10 minutes before proposed start time, or transport can be arranged.
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