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Lumsdale Valley

A632 | Upper Lumsdale, Matlock DE4 5NA, England
+44 1629 823256
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WOW WEE - how beautiful

WOW WEE - what a perfect place to visit and its FREE! The whole experience was second to none and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Market Rasen, United Kingdom
Short but interesting walk

Pretty little walk with interesting history of the mill ruins. Grand waterfall. Very popular... read more

Reviewed 21 May 2017
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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

WOW WEE - what a perfect place to visit and its FREE! The whole experience was second to none and so perfect in everyday. So enjoyable to well worth a visit. Don't forget your good walking shoes!

Thank TheOuchPoucher
Reviewed 21 May 2017

Pretty little walk with interesting history of the mill ruins. Grand waterfall. Very popular destination.

Thank KentOyster
Reviewed 18 May 2017

Lumsdale Valley is a beautiful place, nicely hidden away. The waterfalls are beautiful and the old ruins are impressive. We parked at the top of the Valley by the school and walked down. It isn't a long walk- in fact we walked up and down...More

5  Thank Rachel H
LumsdaleProject, Lumsdale Volunteer at Lumsdale Valley, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2017

This review says everything. We, the Lumsdale Project, are so grateful for reviews like yours. It is lovely that so many people enjoy this precious Valley but please could everybody who is thinking about visiting Lumsdale read this review first. We try so hard to...More

Reviewed 17 May 2017

fantastic place to visit only downfall ( parking) really nice place friendly locals and great waterfalls well worth a visit.

1  Thank Antony T
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

Pretty waterfall and interesting history with ruins of old mills. Would definitely recommend for a lovely walk and views!

Thank LK260316
Reviewed 8 May 2017

we visited here and we weren't dissapointed! what an amazing place. My son wore his wells and went into the shallow waters and stepping stones. The waterfalls were amazing, we took lots of pictures and sat by the waters, very picturesque and relaxing. Brilliant old...More

Thank Tina P
Reviewed 1 May 2017

I'm lucky enough to live near this beautiful place and never tire of exploring the nooks and crannies of the tumbled down builldings. It is quiet most days and a peaceful environment just to enjoy nature at its best. Well worth going after a heavy...More

1  Thank Greenchillijam
Reviewed 26 April 2017 via mobile

We got recommended to visit here by a local in the pub by our campsite a few miles out of matlock and it didn't disappoint. Definitely off the beaten track of the busy town but worth the walk. Remains of mills dating back to 16th...More

2  Thank Rebecca I
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

An absolutely beautiful place to visit. We have been many times over the years with being local. We had our wedding photos taken here too. It is a stunning place for a walk.

1  Thank steff1_2
Reviewed 20 April 2017

The presentation of this historic valley is continually being improved and is very nearly there. Having the luxury of 2 cars we used one to drive up the valley and park outside the school at the top to walk down. The frequent bulletin boards gave...More

1  Thank jyfletch7
LumsdaleProject, Lumsdale Project Volunteer at Lumsdale Valley, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2017

Please note that parking is extremely limited at the bottom of the Valley. We strongly urge visitors to park only at the top of the Valley, in the road opposite High Fields School, and to avoid driving down the narrow road through the Valley if...More

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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Heather T
Hi is it far from matlock railway station to the start of this walk . Thanks
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
Would it be a good place for a family picnic?
31 August 2016|
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Response from LizLunn | Reviewed this property |
Yes very much so. Suggest you have the picnic near the start where you park and then take remnants back to car. You will be on a descending but lovely walk and you won't want to have picnic stuff with you
how long is the walk?
15 July 2016|
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Response from LumsdaleProject | Property representative |
The walk down the Valley begins in Upper Lumsdale, (off the A632)opposite Highfields upper School. we strongly advise parking here as parking is extremely limited at the bottom end of the valley. The walk from the top to... More