Lumsdale Valley

Lumsdale Valley, Matlock: Hours, Address, Lumsdale Valley Reviews: 4.5/5

Lumsdale Valley
4.5
06:00 - 22:00
Monday
06:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
06:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
06:00 - 22:00
Thursday
06:00 - 22:00
Friday
06:00 - 22:00
Saturday
06:00 - 22:00
Sunday
06:00 - 22:00
About
Lumsdale Valley is a walk, open 7 days a week, through a Historic England scheduled monument and special ancient woodland and wetland environmental area. For your safety, remember to stay on the designated footpaths during your visit. The footpaths include steep steps and uneven terrain. The fragile scheduled monument is a site with natural and historical hazards. Help us to reduce erosion, protect the historical site, encourage vegetation growth and conserve wildlife by staying on the footpaths. Due to the vulnerable nature of the area, we ask that you do not visit Lumsdale Valley in large groups. No picnicking, paddling, swimming or climbing. Lumsdale Valley does not have onsite parking, toilets, cafes, benches or play areas. Please respect our neighbours and those enjoying the valley by keeping noise levels down.
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elliewibb
Derby, UK168 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Unfortunately from 1st April the main route to the falls is closed at the weekend and bank holidays. We didn’t realise this so we were quite disappointed that we couldn’t get a good view of the waterfall at all. The walk as a whole is nice but only about 45 mins. We tried to make it longer by walking around the streets a bit more.
Written 9 April 2022
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Sean D
Derby, UK55 contributions
Mar 2022
The remains of various mills and the infrastructure to enable them to work. All powered by water. Some spectacular waterfalls.
Written 19 March 2022
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Pug Lover
Cumnock, UK3 contributions
Jan 2022 • Friends
Me and my partner (Kenneth) decided to embark upon a brisk hike to Lumsdale Valley. This is a trip that has been on the agenda for a while but Kenneth’s ingrowing toe nail put a halt to proceedings.

I was very much looking forward to viewing the ruins, however to my surprise they were closed. This made me very cross and we turned down the opportunity to attend a Carvery dinner with our friends (Gwen and Richard) to undertake said hike.

What a waste of a beautiful Sunday. Good riddance.
Written 5 March 2022
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The Punchy K
1 contribution
Feb 2022
This is a really lovely place. Parking can be tricky but there is a nearby school with parking outside which is just a short walk to the valley footpath. There are a couple of scenic ponds and then the waterfall itself with lovely ruins nearby. We were able to climb down to the bottom of the waterfall and some people in wellingtons crossed the waterfall too. There are a couple of caves as well that you could have a look in if you cross the fall. Next time we will take wellys! The walk is only short, an hour is enough time.
Written 22 February 2022
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AMW1970
Heaton, UK533 contributions
Nov 2021 • Family
This was one of the best walks we have done in the area. A bit steep in place and you would need to be careful on a wet autumn day as it would be slippery.
Total distance from Highfields School (DE4 5NA) 3.5 - 4 km. walk found in the ViewRanger app.
It takes you down past beautiful mill ponds and past old Mill buildings then up and along the edge of fields and woods. Great views and generally a very nice short walk.
Written 25 November 2021
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antony s
1 contribution
Sep 2021 • Family
In September 2021 after being assured by someone from the Arkwright Society by email that the site was open for visitors we undertook a two hour drive to the site to see the ruins.
Yes you can get to the outside of the site but there is no access to the historic ruins, everything is sealed off, so a complete waste of time.
The site may as well stay closed for good as far as getting up close to view the ruins.
Written 7 September 2021
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Kazzy73
106 contributions
May 2020 • Family
lovely place for a wander round for an hour the waterfalls are so beautiful,was hoping to pop up on my birthday for photoshoot with the dog but I see the covidiots have put pay to that !! although don't blame the council for closing it off. its a precious site and not really a tourist attraction
Written 22 June 2020
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litterpicker2018
Matlock, UK3 contributions
May 2020 • Friends
The privately owned Lumsdale waterfall and scheduled monument is closed to the public until further notice due to Impossibility of social distancing and high numbers of visitors. Suggest you find somewhere else to visit.
Written 30 May 2020
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Adventurer820539
2 contributions
May 2020
This important historic site is currently (May 2020) closed because it is impossible to ensure social distancing. There are several narrow footpaths and the viewing areas for the waterfall can easily become far too congested. Please see recent reviews, and stay away until things return to normal.
Written 29 May 2020
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HoveDebs
Derbyshire, UK28 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
We recently moved to the area and had a lovely scenic walk up to Lumsdale Falls a few weeks ago. It was quiet, peaceful and calm and we took some lovely photographs. Last week there were apparently 40 cars parked nearby and even the police turning visitors away. This is one to keep a note of for some time in the future. For now, due to a lack of social distancing and way too many visitors, there is a sign making it clear that the area is closed.
Written 29 May 2020
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Lumsdale Valley is open:
  • Sun - Sat 06:00 - 22:00