How to get there: Leave M1 at Junction 28, signposted Derby. Leave A38 for the A610 towards Ambergate. At A6, turn right to Matlock, then left onto B5035 to Wirksworth. At T-Junction with B5023, turn right & then left to re-join the B5035, and continue for 4-miles.
Grid Reference: SK 240516
Nearest Postcode: DE6 1ST
Parking: Located at the Visitor Centre.
Facilities: Parking, visitor centre, toilets.
Map with thanks to Ordnance Survey.
1 Starting at the Visitor Centre, head southward, with the reservoir to your left. Follow the path on past the sailing club, with signs pointing toward Millfields.
2 Continue along the dam wall and walk across Millfield Car Park (which has a small refreshment station and toilets). If you continue on the path at the edge of the reservoir and cross over a footbridge. Walk on the footpath to your left (yellow route option).
3 Once you reach Upperfields Farm, look out for a right turn at a gate, to follow a path signposted to Hopton.
4 Your walk continues on through some woodland, eventually reaching a gate which leads onto the B5035 road. Take a left here, before following the road along and cross over the road, turning right. Follow on up the path opposite, leading to the road through Hopton village.
5 Take a left and follow the road through Hopton and onto the village of Carsington. Once you pass by the pub, you will need to turn left to proceed down the lane behind it. Before you reach the school, turn right to walk up a lane and continue straight on when it breaks.
6 The lane will see you re-join the B5035, which you will need to cross and follow on the path ahead of you before turning to the left, and then right. If you then walk across Sheepwash Car Park, and follow on the path ahead of you. Reamin on the main path next to the reservoir, and passing the Wildlife Centre, which will lead you back to the beginning point of the walk.