Tours of the Lumsdale Valley

Walking down through the Lumsdale Valley

There are four Sunday Valley tours scheduled for 2019. The dates are:

  • Sunday 5 May 
  • Sunday 7 July
  • Sunday 15 September - As part of HERITAGE OPEN DAYS there will be a free tour today. The Smithy will also be open from 2pm to 5pm for refreshments (donations gratefully received). Matlock Moor chapel is also open and providing light lunches 12 noon to 2pm.
  • Sunday 27 October

Booking is not essential for these tours. But if you wish to reserve a place, phone 01629 823256. Please meet at 2pm in the layby opposite Highfields School. 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 200ft in height.  It takes approximately 1 ½  hours to complete the round trip back to the top.

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.

If you are interested in joining, or arranging, a fully guided tour of the Valley, please phone the Reception at Cromford Mills 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

By car – Access via A632, turn down Upper Lumsdale. Park in the layby opposite Highfields School.

Park in the layby opposite Highfields Upper School carpark entrance

Upper Lumsdale

Matlock

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By train – From Matlock Station walk across the bridge to the bus station and take X17 bus. Get off at Upper Lumsdale.

By bus – The X17 from Sheffield to Matlock stops at Upper Lumsdale, walk down the road to the valley.

On foot – There are numerous public footpaths from Tansley Village & Matlock.

For further details and for booking, please contact the Arkwright Society on 01629 823256 or volunteering@arkwrightsociety.org.uk.  

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