Carsington Water also offers plenty of opportunity for watersports, with a dedicated centre. They are approved by the British Canoe Union and the Royal Yacht Association and offer courses in a range of disciplines. This is where Mark came to take his 2 star paddlesport qualification. Next spring, Ben and I intend to follow suit. I really fancy the idea of spending two full days in a kayak, learning new skills and completing a lap of the lake.
From here you can also buy a day fishing ticket or try out the climbing wall. (My boys laugh quietly at the size of the climbing wall, but it's good for the youngsters.)