The long curve of Carsington Water's
dam fits well into the landscape. It was only opened as recently
as 1992 and is unusual in that it is filled mainly in winter
by water pumped from the river Derwent and released in summer
to provide the supply for the North midlands.
Many water - sports
are available including sailing, windsurfing, rafting and canoeing.
There are also fishing facilities, mountain biking on a specially
constructed 8 mile circuit, picnic sites, restaurants, craft
shops and a Visitors Centre explaining the story of Carsington.