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Lumsdale Valley

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Address: A632 | Upper Lumsdale, Matlock DE4 5NA, England
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0845 833 0970
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This is a scheduled ancient monument site containing industrial mill ruins...

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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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... read more

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41 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW 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 century and beautiful waterfalls it's like stepping back in time.

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Alfreton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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.

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1 Thank steff1_2
Matlock, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 clear explanations of what we were seeing historically and the cascading water was a joy... More 

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LumsdaleProject, Lumsdale Project Volunteer at Lumsdale Valley, responded to this review

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 at all possible because of traffic congestion and road safety. Many thanks. More 

Harpenden, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic place that isn't really signposted. 10 - 15 minute walk and you come to Lumsden Falls. This is a great place for kids, mine are 6 & 9, to scramble over the rocks and get the odd foot wet! Even better is that parking on the road is free, as is are the falls.

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LumsdaleProject, Lumsdale Project Volunteer at Lumsdale Valley, responded to this review

Please note that due to severe erosion and disturbance to the natural woodland and wetland habitats, we do urge visitors to keep to the obvious paths down through the Valley as far as is possible. More 

Derby, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This used to be a hidden gem- remote, quiet and little known but it is getting ruined now. All the grass worn away so it just a mudbath in the wet, dangerously slippery for the unwary. Unsupervised kids mucking about on the ruins. Litter everywhere. Aggro with the locals because of cars parking where they shouldn't. Visitors seem to expect... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have been several times with friends who live nearby . This time I took a friend who had never been . Lovely spot of historic interest

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Thank bennynobrain
Matlock, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a beautiful little valley with waterfalls and lovely walks; it is also an important industrial heritage site. Unfortunately the valley is becoming, to some extent, a victim of its own growing popularity. The valley is managed and maintained in a state of "picturesque decay", which means it's a photographer's delight and the remaining ruins of the mill buildings... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We found this but it was not easy. although worth the effort it could be sign posted better. Once you find them the falls are worth it and the old mills and pond all worth a visit

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took the children here, they loved the different levels of the waterfall and the dogs loved plaing in it. Godd safe steps to get both old and young up. Park up near the school as not much parking at the bottom near the falls and take a flask!!!

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United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stayed at Lumsdale house opposite falls so I was able to do the walk 5 times over the weekend. The history of the buildings was fascinating. Lovely falls. All 10 in our party (from 8 to 85) all coped with the steps and loved it (twice). The top pools are very pretty and so peaceful. Kids loved the rope swing.... More 

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