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Lumsdale Valley

A632 | Upper Lumsdale, Matlock DE4 5NA, England
+44 1629 823256
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Turning into a car park

This much loved valley used to be a beautiful quiet place I visited often, a tranquil place for a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ed R
Interesting place to walk

I haven't walked there myself, as my knee is crook, but have driven up this extraordinary valley... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Matlock, 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
+44 1629 823256
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank macclesfieldgourmand
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although we've been to this stunningly beautiful, historically fascinating valley before, we've never attended one of the guided tours, and so not appreciated the fragililty of the structures nor the depth of the yet to be discovered histories. It is a fascinating and beautiful place,...More

Thank dick h
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We found the Lumsdale walk in a leaflet in the property we were staying in- but didn’t realise initially how much there was to see. On researching on line we found there were ruins and waterfalls to see and it was much closer to our...More

Thank robertas916
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful October day for a trip to the falls with my son to take photos . Quite steep and slippery with leaves but well worth it . Will definitely visit again

Thank limesbyrd
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful peaceful place for an autumn walk,lovely autumn colours and lots of information around the place about the mills and water and the main waterfall is quite stunning.

Thank charlottedavis66
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

Never knew this place existed, searched for things to do that would excite the kids & came across a waterfall in Matlock of all places. What's not to enjoy, history, water & the falls. Quite steep in places on the way back up & a...More

Thank CR7_Whit
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

Just follow the directions to the walks. Not terribly difficult and a bit of a hidden gem in this lovely town

Thank Viewlander
Reviewed 5 October 2017

Beautiful walk to reveal a beautiful waterfall, in which you can get very close to it. Parked opposite the school and walked along the path to the waterfall and circled round following the road. Bit of a steep incline on the road. But a leisurely...More

Thank Jay S
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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
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
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.