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“Hidden treasure”
Review of Lumsdale Valley

Lumsdale Valley
Ranked #4 of 45 things to do in Matlock
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Hidden treasure”
Reviewed September 9, 2013

Difficult to find but nature's hidden gem. Beautiful fall, isolated and by side of old mill, great picnic spot in summer

Visited September 2013
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English first
England
Level 6 Contributor
136 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Small but beautiful”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

A bit tricky to find and had to drive round some hairy bends but a magical wilderness awaited us. The old and decaying Arkwright mill was bathed in sunlight with waterfalls gushing into a stream. Steep steps took us further into this fantastic ruin. Well worth a visit.

Visited August 2013
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2 Thank ThomasEngland
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Chester, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“A hidden gem !!!”
Reviewed September 4, 2013 via mobile

Not easy place to find, but well worth taking the time to find. It is hard to believe anyone knows about this place, as there were a hand full of people there when we went. Beautiful stunning waterfall with old buildings steeped in history, great if you love taking photographs. So much to see, kids would love running around and exploring this magical wooded area. A hidden gem, I am sure local residents want to keep this place to themselves. Be aware there is parking for only four cars near by.

Visited August 2013
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8 Thank suzie65_11
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Matlock, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Lost world”
Reviewed August 19, 2013

Found this place by accident and was absolutely transported into another world as we walked and climbed up by the waterfalls and ruined mill buildings. Reminded us of Chichen Itza in Mexico with its' mysterious architecture now reclaimed by trailing vines and vegetation. A photographer's paradise and a wonderful and tranquil place to soliloquize and become one with nature.

Visited June 2013
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2 Thank zlister
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Matlock, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Very nice place to visit”
Reviewed August 19, 2013

As I live near this site which is part of the English Heritage and features a water course in a woodland area I tend not to appreciate the beauty and tranquillity of this site Well worth a visit and is a very nice day out and what is more it is free to walk around and walkable from Natlock town centre

Visited June 2013
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4 Thank theregulator41
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