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6 walks near Matlock

PUBLISHED: 09:47 02 February 2018 | UPDATED: 10:09 23 February 2018

Matlock by Ashley Franklin

Matlock by Ashley Franklin

Ashley Franklin Photography

There are many reasons to visit Matlock, its close proximity to the south eastern edge of the Peak District makes it an ideal base for visiting the National Park. These walks all commence within a five mile radius of the county town, making them perfect for a day trip.

Morning Walk In The Park, Matlock by Ian Moorcroft Morning Walk In The Park, Matlock by Ian Moorcroft

Matlock Bank

0 miles from Matlock

Take a wander around Hall Leys Park and the River Derwent, then ascend to Pic Tor and then Matlock Bank for fine panoramic views of the surrounding area.

Click here to view the directions for the Matlock Bank walk


Bonsall Brook Bonsall Brook


3 miles from Matlock

Starting out from Cromford, this walk to Bonsall passes mills, mines, hill farming countryside, ancient woodland and rewards you with fine views.

Click here to view the directions for the Bonsall walk


Riber Castle Riber Castle

Lea and Dethick

3 miles from Matlock

Another walk that commences in nearby Cromford, this walk heads east towards Lea and Dethick, you will pass the River Derwent, Bow Wood and Riber Castle along the way.

Click here to view the directions for the Lea and Dethick walk


The remains of the old Engine House near Black Rocks, overlooking Cromford The remains of the old Engine House near Black Rocks, overlooking Cromford

Black Rocks

4 miles from Matlock

This elevated walk over Peak District hills follows a scenic section of the High Peak Trail as well as going through fields, stiles and along old paths.

Click here to view the directions for the Black Rocks walk


Derelict windmill on Carsington Pasture Derelict windmill on Carsington Pasture

Hopton and Carsington

4 miles from Matlock

Starting out at Middleton Top, walk along the elevated High Peak Trail and explore historic Hopton and charismatic Carsington.

Click here to view the directions for the Hopton and Carsington walk


Winster Winster


5 miles from Matlock

This walk mainly following paths, tracks and quiet country lanes, is an exploration of Winster which is tucked away in the limestone hills.

Click here to view the directions for the Winster walk


All the routes were correct at the time of publication, over time access to certain parts of the walk may be subject to change.


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