Lumsdale Valley

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 Britain of a water-powered industrial archaeological site. Its uniqueness comes from seeing such an extensive use of waterpower in such a relatively small area, and in 2014, it was scheduled as an Ancient Monument by Historic England.

The permissive footpath through the beautiful Lumsdale Valley, via the waterfall, will be open throughout the year. It is a concessionary/ permissive footpath, and as such the Arkwright Society reserve the right to close the path as and when needed. We will notify the dates here, and this does not affect any Public Rights of Way that run through the rest of the valley.

Some areas around the mill ruins  have been fenced off for safety reasons.  Please do not go into the fenced off areas.  This is for your safety, and to ensure the future of the historic ruins.

Can you help us look after this special place for the benefit of people, wildlife and history?
Lumsdale Valley with its historic industrial structures, is owned by the Arkwright Society.  We are a charity focused on conservation and education and rely on donations and volunteers to help keep the valley open. Any money from donations for Lumsdale will go towards the repairs needed to make these structure safe.  We want to keep the story of the valley alive for the enjoyment of our local communities and visitors.

If you would like to join as a volunteer, please email us on or to make a donation, please click below.

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When visiting the valley please be aware of the following:

The footpaths and woodland are monitored regularly.  If you see anything that you feel needs reporting or notice any antisocial behaviour, please contact the community police on 101

If you would like to contact us (office hours only), the email is: