Section 5 – 6.5 miles
Overview: Explore the Victorian spa towns of Matlock and Matlock Bath past two UNESCO World Heritage mills then wander along the picturesque Cromford Canal to the village of Whatstandwell.
From Matlock Station cross the river and the road (A6).
Walk through Hall Leys Park, crossing the Bentley Brook to remain on the east bank of the river. Continue until the riverside path ends.
At this junction there are 2 options. A footbridge over the Derwent offers easy walking along the A6 pavement to Matlock Bath (left after crossing the river). For the recommended but strenuous option (breathtaking views over the Derwent Gorge) take the path climbing under a railway bridge, pass under the iron arch on the right and climb the steep ridge to the High Tor summit.
From here descend past the Cable Car station to Matlock Bath Station. Cross the river and follow the A6 along the pavement, past the Pavillion and Masson Mills.
Before the traffic lights in Cromford follow the concessionary path, left along Church Walk to emerge at Arkwright’s Cromford Mill. Cromford station is close by and signed.
Cross the road and follow the Cromford Canal past High Peak Junction onto Whatstandwell.
Matlock, Matlock Bath, Cromford and Whatstandwell are all well served by trains and buses – see www.travelineeastmidlands.co.uk.
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