Tansley - Lumsdale

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Although not a long walk, the interest and scenery is of high quality. The walk is along easy paths, passing one or two pretty ponds worth photographing. A humpback bridge is crossed in a scenic little area. Then a steepish, narrow, quiet lane is walked up to reach the Richard Arkwright mill. This is an historical relic with a ruined mill and other buildings to wander through, at the side of a swiftly running stream. Here is found one of the very few pretty Derbyshire waterfalls. Further on the lovely photogenic old millpond is passed. Onward the route goes, through a high-level wood of oak and firs, with glorious views over towards Matlock and Riber Castle on the hilltop. A steep 'down and up' quiet lane then brings us back to The Gate Inn and a midday meal / snack / drink is available.

England - Central England - Derbyshire - Peak District


Castle, Industrial Archaeology, Pub, Waterfall, Woodland
8/2/2022 - Ray Gillett

02/08/2022 Regarding the Lumsdale walk (2006) and the Mill /ruins being closed. They were closed due to covid restrictions and should open again sometime in the future.

7/24/2022 - Michael Clarke

Update on this walk. Just did this walk. It is a lovely walk. Don’t walk it on weekends or bank holidays. The mill ruin’s are closed, so you don’t see the waterfall in all its splendour. There is now a Bentley micro brewery to sample a very nice local beer or tea/coffee.

8/27/2012 - Julie Smith

What a fabulous walk, took our three children on it, kept us out for a lot longer than the 55 minutes as we had lunch by the waterfall and climbed it which the kids thought was great, ruined mills really interesting, walking through the woods, great views, well worth the money will be trying some more walks in the future!

5/30/2009 - simon strickson

I bought this walk and it was well worth the price. Directions spot on and the waterfall is just fantastic and just wandering around the mill ruins was great, the kids loved it. Just over the hour at a stroll.

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