Cromford - Starkholmes - Old Matlock - Upperwood

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From Cromford the route passes the historic Cromford Mill, over the Cromford Bridge with the Derwent below. Then, a little road-walking takes us to the farm track that winds its way up to the path through woodland, until we arrive at a small piece of bare ridge, where lovely views downward to Matlock Bath can be had. Behind will be seen Riber Castle. The route then descends steeply down to Starkholmes and along an ancient path to the River Derwent, where a pleasant stroll is had along the banks to Old Matlock. Returning along the A6, we turn up a steep lane that gives fine views again down to Matlock Bath, also passing the unique church of St John. The paths then are in thick woodland, a welcome relief from the hot sun on a good summer's day. Finally we come out onto Scarthin Lane and back to the car at Cromford.

England - Central England - Derbyshire - Peak District

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Birds, Butterflies, Castle, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Museum, Play Area, Pub, River, Toilets, Wildlife
17/05/2015 - Ian Cutler

We completed this walk Saturday 16/05/2015 and thoroughly enjoyed it, views to take your breath away, if you have any left.. There are a few really steep climbs here some have hand rails and steps which you may need more than once, half way round and you are in the park in Matlock town, Great, will do again, recommended!! There is a short cut on the return leg which your map will show cuts out a long step climb back up through the woods adjacent to Gullivers kingdom.

06/08/2007 - Sam Roebuck

We did the first half of this walk in Aug 2007, and enjoyed it very much. For those in need of refreshment, there's a good pub across the road from waymark 13.

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