By keef & annie, Oct 16 2012 01:51PM
Blackwall Plantation ,Carsington Water, Derbyshire
A KeefH Web Designs Travel Blog Motorhome trip No7 : Oct10th – 12th Oct 2012 NOTTS->CARSINGTON WATER->NOTTS 60 miles We had 2 free pitch night vouchers kindly given to us by the Caravan Club (CC) after an issue at one of our earlier Scottish site. So we decided to head off to the Blackwall Plantation CC site for a few days R&R. It is not that far from our home and we haven’t been to Carsington Water for many a year so it seemed an ideal choice, plus we had arranged to meet up with our pals Pete & Wendy in the Barley Mow @ Kirk Ireton on the Wednesday evening. One of the world’s best pubs. Everything about is is pre 1900 including the staff. The pub itself is 1600s. The beers (all great real ales) are only available straight from the barrels which are propped up behind the bar. HEAVEN for a Camra geek. Like camping in a pine forest Blackwall plantation is a lovely site. We will revisit for longer next time. Our pitch no 12 had a view through the trees of Carsington water. We had 1 ½ good days weather and did the walk around the site via the outer path which takes about 40 mins and good views high up of Carsington on the front side. In the evening the walk out of the site back gate is only about 1.1 miles to Kirk Ireton but if you go for a pint or 3 in the eve be sure to take a torch as it’s a very narrow set of roads and very dark and the locals drive really fast down these back roads. Be warned! On the Thursday we did a 5 mile walk via Millfield car park around the Water to the visitor centre and back. The views are spectacular and tranquil. As you walk across the Dam wall you have Debyshire hills and undulating countryside on one side and Carsington water on the other side. Oh and we had a nice coffee and cake in the visitors centre café , the mainsail haha! So all in all a lovely mid week break, very relaxing , quiet and great scenery and beers! Anyone else been there and want to share there views on the campsite or the area?