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Ruins and Waterfalls – Lumsdale Falls (Derbyshire) 

July 24, 2017

We are always on the look out for exciting new places to visit. Whilst googling things to do and see in Derbyshire I came across Lumsdale Falls! Located just outside Matlock on the very edge of the Peak District we couldn’t resist a visit as it’s only an hour’s drive! 

Lumsdale Falls is located in the Lumsdale Valley. The valley is home to a series of magnificent waterfalls, ponds and the ancient ruins of three mills. This area is of huge archaeological significance, here you will find one of the largest collections of water powered industrial mills in the country! The area is a scheduled ancient archaeological site and much work continues to preserve this beautiful piece of English heritage. 

Vehicle access is via a fairly steep and winding road. There is no parking officially available, it is recommended that you park in Matlock and walk into the valley. I found a helpful walking guide here.  

Whilst the walk is not difficult there are many steps so I recommend sturdy shoes! Those with mobility problems may find the walk particularly hard. Pram access is via the road way although you can access most parts of the upper valley quite easily (access to the falls may prove tricky!). 

As we walked from Matlock we started at the bottom of the falls and made of way up the steep steps. There are rails most of the way for assistance. The steps break occasionally to allow you to walk closer to the falls. The scenery is beautiful and there is something very magical in the air! The steps lead you up the valley weaving you in and out of ancient ruins. Let your imagination run wild here! L loved exploring the nooks and crannies. He was a bit spellbound! 

The waterfalls themselves are so picturesque. The noise and the rush of the wind from the sheer force of the water make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up! 

You eventually come to the first of three ponds. Theses ponds feed the waterfalls and make up part of the Bentley Brook which runs through the valley. The trail gets a little easier at this point. You can take an easy stroll to the middle and upper ponds. With even more ancient mills to explore! 

After spending a good couple hours exploring and taking pictures (of course!) we made our way down towards the town. Taking in the beauty of the waterfalls again! 

I am so pleased we visited Lumsdale Falls! It’s a real hidden gem and the historical significance of the site make Lumsdale a truly magical experience! 

Thanks for reading 

L x

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  1. I got so distracted by your beautiful photos. Love Derbyshire and have done since childhood days and a holiday there once got me through a very challenging time. Special county

    1. Thank you for your lovely comment! The Peak District is so diverse and just beautiful! There are some other amazing waterfalls to visit in the peaks as well!

  2. What gorgeous photos, you really capture the essence of this beautiful place so well. It looks absolutely stunning and worth the walk up all those steps. There are so many interesting parts to explore and it sounds steeped in history.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

  3. This looks fab. I think we may have been here – the name sounds familiar. But I can’t remember. How bad is that? 🙂 hehe. Great photos #CountryKids

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