Lovers' Walk, Matlock Bath

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Lovers' Walk, Matlock Bath
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Brian T
London, UK3,855 contributions
Is it earth-shatteringly beautiful? No. But they are pleasant walks if you visit Matlock Bath.
Dec 2020
This seems to be a popular activity for the many visitors who head to the former thermal spa town of Matlock Bath. Thermal waters were discovered way back in 1693, and ‘taking the waters’ became an extremely popular activity during the 19th century, especially when the railways were able to bring visitors to the town a little more easily. The promenade was built alongside the river, gardens were built, and hotels sprang up offering all manner of spa treatments to eager visitors, to the point that the town was likened to a seaside resort without any sea. The plethora of spas have long gone, but the town does continue to attract visitors because of its natural beauty.

Though not wishing to appear too pedantic, the grammatically correct nomenclature for this attraction is ‘Lovers’ Walks’; the local council does get it correct on a number of its signs, and incorrect on others.

There’s actually two walks. The easier of the two follows the bank of the Derwent River for about half a mile, from the Jubilee Bridge beyond the newer footbridge down stream, to the viewpoint for the Cascades. As you walk, you’ll get some nice views of the Matlock Bath townscape, and of the Grand Pavilion. At the southern end of the walk you’ll have a decent view of the Cascades on the other side of the river; this is a small natural waterfall which pours down a low cliff face from a thermal spring. The riverside walk is paved, and reasonably flat, so it should be accessible for those requiring some mobility assistance. There’s a children’s playground along the way, and a few seats where you can sit awhile and enjoy the view.

The more difficult, yet more rewarding, walk takes you up a steep set of stairs just by the Jubilee Bridge to the top of the steep rocky cliffs 200 feet up, and along the cliff face. The views of Matlock Bath and the river below from the top of the cliffs are very pleasant indeed. However, the path was extremely muddy and slippery, and actually quite treacherous, and I didn’t feel entirely foot secure as I was walking it. I believe the path continues down the cliff face to the Cascades, but I retraced my steps and walked back down the stairs rather than continue on the muddy way. There are iron railings on the stairs to help you keep secure. It’s probably better as a summer walk, when the weather is drier.

The walks have been around for centuries; the riverside walk is known to have existed prior to 1742, and the cliff walk has been constructed by 1785. However, let’s be honest and frank here. In the grand scheme of things, it’s not a breathtakingly beautiful walk, nor is it remotely romantic. In days of yore, lovers may have used the walk for clandestine assignations in its secluded alcoves and vegetation, but I doubt lovers would bother with that these days. By all means take the walks for the views of the town if you are visiting this popular and touristy neighbourhood (it is popular with day trippers, motor cyclists in particular). And if you are walking your dog, take a poo bag with you and clean up after your pooch; the lack of that habit was obvious on the riverside walk.
Written December 28, 2020
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Sam T
Leicester, UK31 contributions
Awful
Oct 2020 • Family
We visited the Heights of Abraham, paid to park for the whole day so wanted to make the most of our trip to Matlock Baths. Started the walk at the railway car park but turned back after a few minutes as there was used toilet roll and worse along the path. Definitely not suitable for children to be walking along - disgusting
Written October 20, 2020
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Charles_and_Susan
Nottingham, UK3,834 contributions
Great place to walk
Oct 2020 • Couples
It's an alternative to walking along the main road and you see the river from the other side. It's a relaxing area away from the busy street.
Written October 6, 2020
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Delboy1863
Manchester, UK6 contributions
Nice peaceful walk.
Oct 2020
Lovely walk by the riverside nice lawned gardens plenty of wildlife on the water and in the gardens. Nice for families etc.
Written October 5, 2020
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Pauline S
Oxfordshire, UK121 contributions
Bit crowded for social ditancing
Sep 2020
This is a popular walk and very soothing but although it is quite wide its popularity means that social distancing can be difficult at times.
Written October 3, 2020
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rick bon
Farnborough, UK138 contributions
Pleasant ancient walk beside the water.
Sep 2020
Pleasant ancient walk beside the water.
Amazed by how long this set of paths has been in existence!!
Written September 21, 2020
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Gavin Joyce
Derby, UK20 contributions
Nice for a day out
Aug 2020 • Family
Never been here before or even heard of the place very much surprised nice place for a day out or for a little stroll
Written August 23, 2020
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Helen L
3 contributions
Lovely gardens, brilliant cakes
Jul 2020
Lovely rhododendron gardens, always a pleasure to walk in and such a nice cafe - the cakes are to die for.
Written August 17, 2020
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DavidVictor01
Cambridge, UK215 contributions
A pleasant walk to counteract the throb of the promenade below
Jul 2020 • Couples
A lovely walk only slightly spoilt by some overgrowing brambles that were a bit difficult to navigate through and lack of any signage to help guide us as we were new to the area. But excellent views and a real contrast to the quirkiness of the seaside resort style demeanour of the village below.
Written August 5, 2020
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sarpor
142 contributions
Calm
Jul 2020
A beautiful and calm walk along the river and shaded by great big trees. It is very hilly on one side and children were having great fun climbing. The dog loved the sniffs!
Written July 31, 2020
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