Foremark Reservoir and Carver's Rocks

Nestled in the rolling Derbyshire countryside is Foremark, a 280-acre nature reserve, comprised of woodland habitat, heathland, open countryside, and open water.

Owned by Severn Trent and cared for in partnership with the National Trust, the reservoir at Foremark has been a vital link in the water supply network since its creation in the 1970s. Along with the 230-acre nature reserve, Foremark is home to a rich diversity of wildlife and includes Carver’s Rocks, a Site of Special Scientific Interest. You’ll also discover one of the last patches of lowland heath in Derbyshire.

Enjoyed by families, walkers and nature enthusiasts alike, there are many walking trails through woodland including a multi-use bridleway, as well as space for family fun and picnics. There is also a children's play area and an information point. The visitor centre was opened in 1997 and the existing woodland was supplemented by 4ha of new planting.

The reservoir offers fishing (call 07706 866631) to book, sailing and birdwatching. Riding is permitted on the bridleway running along the eastern side of the site.

Carvers Rocks, at the southern tip of the reservoir, is managed by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and is a scheduled Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its geology and plants. Access to the SSSI is restricted to the paths through the woodland.




  • Angling
  • Baby Changing Facilities
  • Bus Service
  • Car Parking
  • Children Welcome
  • Children's Play Area
  • Disabled Access
  • Disabled Parking
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Dogs Allowed on Leads Only
  • Fishing
  • Information Centre
  • Open All Year
  • Parking
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Facilities
  • Refreshments
  • Riding
  • Sailing
  • Surfaced Paths
  • Toilets
  • Walking Trails
  • Wheelchair Access

Location Map

Milton, Ticknall Derbyshire DE65 6EG