Know before you go
Parking informationThere is limited parking at the road gates.
Due to the distance from the nearest parking area and the nature of the paths it is only recommended for visitors with no more than slightly limited mobility (accompanied). Only one access is gated (main entrance) the rest being stiles. All paths are uneven and several are steep.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitSpring for bluebells and autumn for heather
About the reserve
Carvers Rocks lies at the southern end of Foremark Reservoir.
Its unusual habitats include marsh, alder woodland and sphagnum moss. During summer the wet marshes are a good place to see and hear reed buntings, while the reservoir fringe has breeding great crested grebes.
On the drier slopes woodland takes over and various woodland birds can be seen and heard. In the more open areas you may hear woodcock on early summer evenings.
On the tops, soils are much thinner and woodland is replaced by bracken and in places heather - the reserve has one of the last patches of lowland heath in Derbyshire and the Trust has planted further areas with heather to extend the heathland.