Starting in Old Matlock Town with my guide, Linda, the walk started through the church yard of St Giles up to the War Memorial on Pic Tor. A fine spot for a good overall view of Matlock. We waved to Fidel on Matlock Bank and walked down towards the crossing over the River Derwent.

St Giles

St Giles

Then it was a walk along the roadside towards Matlock Bath passing a few walkers, a few hardy canoeists and a rock climber or two.

It was reasonably busy in Matlock Bath considering that the tourist season isn’t yet in full swing. Always interesting to walk along the promenade towards a nice fish and chip shop. As one of the essential things to do when in Matlock Bath it would have been rude not to sample a little portion. Anyway, we knew at some point that we would have to climb back into Matlock so it was necessary to fortify ourselves with a bit of carbohydrate.

We continued on towards Cromford via Masson Mills. It’s really too early for any signs of Spring to be showing but the River Derwent was in full flow regardless as we walked by it towards the Cromford Church. Sadly not open to view, but I shall look out for an opportunity to go back when it is open.

River Derwent

CromfordChurch

Cromford Church

A pause on the walk for a look around Cromford Mills. Always an interesting place but on such a pleasant afternoon it was nice to see a very cheery burst of colour in the courtyard provided by Siddalls plant sales.

Plants & my intrepid guide

Plants & my intrepid guide

Browsing and walking is thirsty work though so although the original wharf café is closed for refurbishment an equally acceptable alternative café has been set up across the canal.

Once we were full of tea it was time to tackle the hill to Starkholmes and back towards old Matlock town. I won’t lie and say that it wasn’t hard work, but I was quite pleased with my attempt. At least the pauses I took I blamed on looking at the view. And the views were lovely.

Overlooking Matlock Bath it was clear enough to see the cable cars making progress towards the Heights of Abraham. It would be nice to return to see it when there is a little more colour in the trees.

Cable Cars

Cable Cars

Matlock Bath

Matlock Bath

We walked on and managed to pass a pub (White Lion Inn), without popping in for a sherbet. Next time it will be different! Then we arrived back in Old Matlock Town, next to Wheatsheaf House. A part of “Matlock” that I had no previously been aware of.

(Thanks Linda, enjoyable day!)

Cheery

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