5th August 2018
Coach Trip to Matlock Bath
Matlock Bath is a village and civil parish situated south of Matlock on the main A6 road in Derbyshire, approximately halfway between Buxton and Derby.The Victorian era saw the development of Matlock Bath as a fashionable resort and the construction by John Smedley in 1853 of the vast Hydro on the steep hill to the north of the river crossing at the centre of the town. This enormous hotel functioned as a spa until the 1950s, when it closed and was taken over by Derbyshire County Council as its headquarters.
After a rendezvous at Buxton for a comfort stop we continue on towards Matlock Bath. It is important for safety reasons that independentwalkers leave details of your names and routes, and a mobile telephone number if possible, with the courier on your coach.
A Walk Leader Anthony Fleetwood 12 miles Moderate
We start today’s walk from Grangemill, heading north through open fields to the village of Winster. We turn towards Matlock Bath and go via Bonsall Moor (our highest point at 365 m) and yes there is a trig point. Continuing to Upper Town and Bonsall, where we follow the Limestone Way to Matlock and the Heights of Abraham. We then descend into Matlock Bath.
B Walk Leader Michael Counter 9 miles with several steep climbs
We alight the coaches at the small hamlet of Grangemill on the A5012 prior to Matlock Bath. We follow the Limestone Way across fields to the village of Bonsall. A short hill climb out of the village and on towards Upperwood passing under the Heights of Jacob. Another steep climb leads us into the woodland paths of the Heights of Abraham. Passing under Shinning Cliff we then rejoin the Limestone Way before dropping into Matlock. Our way now goes through the ornamental gardens before the steep ascent of High Tor with spectacular views down into Matlock Bath. We finally descend into the town to the coaches for our journey home.
C Walk Leader Carol and Graham Wrigglesworth 6 miles Moderate with a climb out of Matlock Bath
Starting from Crown Square we set off through Hall Lays park and cross a footbridge to the promenade which lies between the river and cliffs. Turning under the railway proceeding steadily uphill to High Tor with excellent views across the valley as at 300ft it is one of the highest cliffs in England. We then drop down a zig-zag path through the woods to the cable car base station and on to Matlock Bath railway station. Here we take Lovers Walk which goes steadily uphill before dropping down to Matlock Bath. Passing briefly through the town we turn left uphill to Underwood on a cobbled street, still climbing steeply on a stepped path through the woods to Ember Lane. After a rest at the top we walk down Ember Lane to Bonsall (with time to look round the 12thcentaury church mentioned in the Doomsday Book). Leaving via Church Road onto a good track and fields to Underwood, passing the gates to the Heights of Abraham we take a path to St John’s Chapel built 1897. After another wooded path we return to Matlock Bath via fields with excellent views of the town spread out before us.
D Walk Leader Tony Culverhouse 4 miles Moderate
Although only a short walk it has to be balanced against some unavoidable uphill sections. We leave the coaches at Matlock Town (not Matlock Bath) to follow the River Derwent through parkland before taking a road for a few yards uphill out of the town. (Limestone Way). We then follow a field path on a gentler uphill gradient with outstanding views of Matlock. Then a woodland path downhill bringing us to a tarmac lane – good views of Riber Castle and the Matlock Cliffs from this path. We go up the lane for a few yards before following an undulating woodland path, with some flights of wooden steps in a few places, and eventually start to descend on this path into Matlock Bath.
Pick up time for return journey. Returning Home: 6.00pm from the coach park.
Morning (Outward) Pick-Up Points
08:00 Clitheroe : York Street
08:05 Whalley : King Street
08:10 Harwood : Nightingales Garage
08:20 Clayton : Hare and Hounds
08:25 Accrington : Victoria Hospital
08:30 Accrington :Whalley Rd, Kwik Fit
08:35 Oswaldtwistle : The Civic Theatre
08:40 Oswaldtwistle : Black Dog
08:50 Blackburn : Penny Street
08:50 Ewood : Empire Theatre
08:55 Darwen : Lynwood Avenue
09:00 Darwen : Boots Duckworth St
08:00 Nelson : Walton lane, Leeds Road
08:02 Colne : Colne Bus Station
08:05 Colne : Library
08:10 Colne : Alkincoates
08:15 Barrowford : Heritage Centre
08:20 Nelson : Bus Station
08:30 Brierfield : Town Hall
08:35 Burnley : Brennard Street
08:40 Burnley : Bus Station
08:40 Burnley : Tim Bobbin
08:45 Padiham : Whitegates
08:50 Padiham : Town Hall
09:00 Clayton : Hare and Hounds