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

Blackburn Coach

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

Burnley Coach

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

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