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Lumsdale Valley

A632 | Upper Lumsdale, Matlock DE4 5NA, England
+44 1629 823256
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A Beautiful Winter Walk

It was a very cold morning with rain forcast later, so a short walk was in order. This one promised... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Anna B
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Long Buckby, United Kingdom
Enjoyable walk

My wife and I followed a circular walk that we had found on the Internet, beginning and ending at... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Mike B
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London, United Kingdom
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This is a scheduled ancient monument site containing industrial mill ruins in a state of picturesque decay. It is a wildlife conservation area and therefore there are no picnic areas, no paddling or swimming areas and no children's play areas.The route down through the Valley past the ruins is steep, muddy and uneven, with steps and some sharp drops to the sides. We strongly advise that you begin your walk at the top of the Valley, opposite Highfields Upper School (where there is parking). There are no toilet or refreshment facilities anywhere in the Valley. It is a peaceful place of natural woodland and wetland habitats, looked after by volunteers for the Arkwright Society, the Charity that owns the Valley. Please help us to take care of this very special place by respecting the wildlife, keeping to the paths, not climbing on the ruins - and taking your litter home with you.
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A632 | Upper Lumsdale, Matlock DE4 5NA, England
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"lovely waterfalls"
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"chesterfield road"
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"old mill"
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"information boards"
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"industrial heritage"
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"circular walk"
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"lovely walk"
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"steep steps"
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"natural beauty"
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"interesting walk"
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"single track"
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"matlock bath"
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"water power"
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"beautiful area"
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"hidden away"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a very cold morning with rain forcast later, so a short walk was in order. This one promised a waterfall and a few bits of old mill etc to poke around. By was it undersold! This site has been restored and is managed...More

1  Thank Anna B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I followed a circular walk that we had found on the Internet, beginning and ending at the Tavern Inn at Tansley. We enjoyed the walk, especially the valley with the mills and waterfalls. We did the walk on a weekday afternoon and...More

Thank Mike B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a wonderful hidden valley with waterfalls and derelict mills which is a must for photographers. It is not easy to find as it isn't signposted anywhere and even the locals don't know about it. It is located off the Chesterfield Road. Park at...More

1  Thank Diane D
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I walked through the Lumsdale Valley as part of a longer circular walk through Matlock etc. The area is quite steep in parts and can be slippery. That said, it is a lovely place with lots of industrial history at hand. The stream's waterfalls are...More

Thank JackieTrainor
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Reviewed 11 January 2018

Visit here. Bring your loved ones, bring your dog, bring your camera. And bring a flask because lovely things shouldn't be rushed. You can see everything in half an hour, the valley isn't huge, but please don't. Stroll and pause and sit and savour. I...More

2  Thank Kevin E
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Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

What a great walk out in the country, fabulous views & the waterfalls are beautiful. Great to see a piece of history well preserved & information at the different points

Thank Emmsybo
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Reviewed 11 December 2017 via mobile

Amazing walk around lovely and quiet would recommend. Just see the history of what's left behind adds to the feel of the place.

Thank MasterRedfern1
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Reviewed 12 November 2017

This much loved valley used to be a beautiful quiet place I visited often, a tranquil place for a walk. Now? It has been destroyed by hordes of tourists driving down into the valley and abandoning their cars by the waterfalls. It is noisy, busy,...More

2  Thank Ed R
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Reviewed 6 November 2017

I haven't walked there myself, as my knee is crook, but have driven up this extraordinary valley, with old mills, lovely trees, moss clad dry-stone walls. Lots of friends recommend the walk.

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Reviewed 30 October 2017

We saw this attraction recommended on Trip Advisor and it was only right to add a review of the place. This was our first visit to Lumsdale Valley, easy to find and not too testing on the legs! The visit is totally free but you...More

Thank Jo P
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maidmarion2013
11 October 2017|
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Response from Jedsy L | Reviewed this property |
Lumsdale falls is a pleasant walk. You can park at the top near the school and walk down or drive all the way down and walk up. Good for a cpl of hours and not too rigorous. Some wellies would be ideal or hiking boots. Good... More
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Heather T
2 January 2017|
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Response from LumsdaleProject | Property representative |
Just wanted to pass on the thanks of the Lumsdale Valley Project volunteers to those of you who provided all the very helpful answers to this question. Also to say how much we appreciate that visitors either walk or use... More
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Chris P
30 August 2016|
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Response from Ed R | Reviewed this property |
No, if you read the Arkwright Society information (they own the land), picnicking is not allowed.
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