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Tours of the Lumsdale Valley

Walking down through the Lumsdale Valley.

There are four Sunday Valley tours scheduled for next year. These dates are –

May 5th

July 7th

September 8th

October 27th

 Booking is not essential for these tours. Please meet at 2pm in the layby opposite Highfields School. Nb the route down through the gorge involves some steep steps and uneven paths which can be muddy and slippery. Please wear suitable stout footwear with a good grip. Walking poles are also recommended.

A small donation of £3 per person is requested for these walks.

If you would like more information about the walks, further contact details can be found at the bottom of the page.

There is also a self-guided tour of the Lumsdale Valley.

This tour starts opposite Highfields School, in Upper Lumsdale, and takes you down through the Valley past the mills, millponds and waterfalls, to the lower bleach mill and smithy at the bottom of the Valley. Leaflets for this tour can be obtained from the display boards outside Ivy Cottage and Beech House – and also downloaded from the ‘Visiting the Valley’ page of the website. The leaflet, together with information boards placed along the way, gives an insight into the history and Industrial Heritage of the Valley.

The self-guided tour down the Valley is approximately 1 kilometre in length and descends 500ft in height.  It takes approximately 1 ½  hours to complete the round trip back to the top.

Nb the route down through the gorge involves some steep steps and uneven paths which can be muddy and slippery. Please wear suitable stout footwear with a good grip. Walking poles are also recommended.

There is a fully guided tour of the Lumsdale Valley during the Heritage Open Days in September – for more details of this please see the ‘Guided Tours and Walks’ on the Cromford Events page (during September).

If you are interested in joining, or arranging, a fully guided tour of the Valley, please phone the Events Manager at Cromford Mill on 01629 823256. Minimum of 10 people per group. There is a small charge of £3 per person for these tours – all of which is donated to the Lumsdale Valley Project.

How to get to the Valley

Park in the layby opposite Highfields Upper School carpark entrance

Upper Lumsdale Road

Matlock

DE4 5NA

Nb. The route down through the Gorge involves some steep steps and uneven paths which can be muddy and slippery. Please wear suitable, stout footwear, with a good grip.  Walking poles are also recommended.

For further details and for booking, please contact

the Arkwright Society on 01629 823256 or events@arkwrightsociety.org.uk  

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