Welcome Back to Lumsdale Valley

From Monday the 2nd of AugustLumsdale Valley will reopen to visitors Monday to Fridays throughout the summer season. Lumsdale will remain closed during Bank Holiday Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The closure during the past 12 months has allowed the valley to recover to some extent from the erosion and loss of vegetation caused by the number of visitors over several years. The Arkwright Society now need to keep the visitor numbers within manageable limits and minimise the impact on neighbours. Parking is very restricted within the Lumsdale area and there are no facilities available. Please respect the area and follow the rules of the site.

All visitors should be aware that there are historic and natural hazards within the valley. There are unfortunately still areas where there are serious structural issues affecting the stability of the ruins and we must restrict access for safety reasons. These areas will be fenced off until they are safe to re-open, so please do not enter these areas as advised.

We thank you for your patience during the last year and with the closure of Lumsdale during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Arkwright Society welcomes you back to the valley.

Lumsdale Valley – From 2nd August, open Monday to Friday. Closed Saturday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays.


The Lumsdale Valley is a site of national archaeological and historic importance. It is owned by the Arkwright Society, an educational charity devoted to the rescue of the industrial heritage buildings & associated landscape. The mills and the associated water management features form one of the best examples in Great Britain of a water-powered industrial archaeological site. Its uniqueness comes from seeing such an extensive use of water power in such a relatively small area.

There is no designated parking in the Valley and vehicular access in the Valley is for residents only. Visitors are encouraged to park in Matlock town centre and walk to the Valley. There are also buses that run regularly along the Chesterfield Road (A 632) past the top of the Valley.

Please take care when walking through the Valley and please keep to the paths.

There are no toilet/refreshment facilities or children’s play areas anywhere in the Valley.

Picnicking, paddling, swimming and climbing in the Valley are not allowed due to the risk of damage to the fragile mill ruins and the natural environment.

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.

Photography in the Valley. The Lumsdale Valley Scheduled Monument and Conservation Area is the private property of the Arkwright Society – please do not undertake any photography for commercial purposes without prior permission from the Arkwright Society.