Welcome to 22


Cromford Canal


Lumsdale mills


Millstone Edge, Hathersage

Matlock


Things to do

Matlock is a small, thriving town located on the River Derwent and close to the Peak District National Park.  It is the county town of Derbyshire and flourished in the 1800’s as a spa town with many of the older buildings having previously been hydros.  Hall Leys Park in the centre of the town  has a bandstand with bands on Sunday afternoons in the summer, a great little café, motor boats, a kids’ playground & splash zone, skate park and table tennis tables. There is also a market in the park every Wednesday. Many of the shops in the town are independent and there is also a good selection of local pubs.  Close to the house, Smedley Street also has an eclectic selection of shops – including the local news agent which sells an amazing selection of bottled beers and a really good local butcher.

If you are into steam trains, then you can take a trip on Peak Rail, which has a station in Matlock and runs trains through Darley Dale to Rowsley and back.

Just outside Matlock is the beautiful and historic Lumsdale valley which in the 18th century was a busy industrial site with mills powered by Bentley Brook and is now a peaceful wooded valley with millponds, waterfalls and ruins. It is managed by the Arkwright Society and we highly recommend a visit. Guided tours are available on the last Sunday of the month (see website for details) – alternatively Christine or Alan may be persuaded to take friends on a private tour!  To find Lumsdale, turn off the Chesterfield Road (A532) and park in the layby by Highfields School.  Walk down the lane, keeping left when it forks, and you will come to the stream, millpond and cottages. Follow the path down the valley and enjoy the waterfalls and ruins.

Places to Eat & Drink

We highly recommend Thailand No. 1 (Thai) and Maazi (Indian)  if you are looking for somewhere to eat in Matlock. Both get busy, so it is best to make a reservation – however they also do take away if you can’t get a table and you can have a drink while you wait!  Stones, by the bridge, offers a contemporary British menu but is slightly more expensive. Viva (Italian) also serves really good food, although we’ve sometimes experienced slow service if the restaurant is busy.

If you are looking for fish and chips, Wellington Fish Bar is very close to 22, or alternatively we recommend Matlock Green Fish Bar, which also does good kebabs!

For light meals or lunch we’d recommend JJs (formerly Peli Cafe) or the Mad Hatter – both on Crown Square.  As well as doing breakfast and lunches, the Mad Hatter also serves afternoon tea complete with cake stands and finger sandwiches, and transforms into a great little cocktail bar in the evenings with 2-for-1 (providing both cocktails are the same) from 5-8pm every day.

Matlock isn’t short of pubs with many within walking distance of 22.   The Thorn Tree  is closest (2 minute walk along Jackson road) and is a lively locals’ pub with tables outside offering great views over the valley.  It serves a number of real ales with a pie night on Wednesdays from 6-8pm and Sunday roast from 5-7pm, both of which are extremely popular so get there early on pie night (no reservations) or phone well in advance to reserve your roast dinner.   On Smedley Street (5 minute walk downhill) is Stanley’s Ale House.  This is a great little micro-pub that has 5-6 real ales and 2 ciders on tap, plus a selection of bottled beers, spirits, wine etc.  It’s very cosy, friendly and local. Down in the town there are a number of other pubs including The Crown which is a Wetherspoons pub and so serves the usual menu and drinks.

We’ve been testing out local pubs for Sunday roasts and can recommend the Red Lion in Matlock Green, Kings Head in Bonsall,  Boat Inn in Cromford or The Gate in Tansley – all of which can be incorporated into decent walks from the house if you fancy building up an appetite and then walking it off on the way home.

Surrounding Area


Matlock Bath

Matlock Bath is like a mini land-locked seaside resort without the sea or beach!   There are several larger attractions – Gulliver’s Kingdom and the Heights of Abraham (which is accessed by a cable car) –  as well as plenty of tea shops, fish and chip shops and amusement arcades!  It is a popular spot with bikers at weekends and can get really busy.   In Autumn,  Matlock Bath hosts the Illuminations every Saturday night until the end of October.  The council run a park-and ride from the County Offices car-park in Matlock.  Illuminated boats, built by locals as part of an annual competition, are rowed on the river and most evenings end with a firework display, which you can also often see from the bedroom window at 22.  Its a slightly eccentric event dating back to Victorian times, but worth experiencing at least once!

The Chatsworth Estate

Chatsworth is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.  The house is set in a large estate, and there are a number of walks you can do to explore the wider grounds without having to pay the entrance fee.   The house and gardens are open to visitors and they include a maze, farmyard and adventure playground for children and giant water features.  There is an estate farm shop nearby at Pilsley which is also worth a visit.

Cromford

There is more industrial heritage at Cromford, which is famous for Sir Richard Arkwright’s cotton mill, and which is now part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.  The mill complex contains a new visitor centre, craft shops and several cafes. The Cromford Canal  is just across the

Cromford Canal

road from the mill and you can now take boat trips along the stretch from Cromford Wharf to High Peak Junction. It is a nice walk along the canal from Cromford to Ambergate (about 5 miles) from where you can take the train back to Cromford.   The canal is popular with walkers and families, and the café has recently been refurbished and sells good food at reasonable prices, as well as duck food for the resident wildlife.  There are water voles living in the canal but we’ve so far only managed to see them once! We particularly enjoy visiting around dusk when the crowds have gone home.

Chesterfield

Chesterfield is the closest larger town if you want to go shopping.  It has  a refurbished indoor market hall and an extensive outdoor market but is most famous for the church with its ‘crooked spire’.   Chesterfield has a good range of restaurants, a cinema and the Pomegranate Theatre.  There is a direct bus from Matlock to Chesterfield.

The Peak District National Park

Covering both the White and Dark Peak areas, there is plenty to explore from limestone valleys to gritstone edges.  If you enjoy walking or cycling, then the opportunities are almost limitless.  There are a number of walking and cycling books in the house to give you inspiration. There are also a number of places where you can hire bikes and enjoy some flat cycling routes – for example, around Ladybower reservoir and along the High Peak and Monsal trails.