Once famed for its hydros and spa treatments, Matlock is now a bustling town surrounded by the spectacular countryside of the Derbyshire Dales. Overlooked by the imposing Smedleys Hydro (now the offices of Derbyshire County Council) and Riber Castle, the town owes much its status to John Smedley who built both these grand edifices, plus several more. The River Derwent and the A6 road both run through the middle of the town, which centres on Crown Square. Matlock boasts an award-winning park - Hall Leys Park, complete with boating lake, riverside paths, tennis courts and skateboard park. It is the first of five beautifully restored public parks stretching along the River Derwent to Matlock Bath. The hillsides around afford some superb viewpoints and superb countryside is literally on the doorstep. With a good range of shops and restaurants plus excellent bus and rail links (on the Derwent Valley train line from Derby) this is an ideal base for exploring the area. Peak Rail runs heritage steam and diesel trains from Matlock station and there is a superb new Leisure Centre on the edge of the town. Don't miss the magical Matlock Bath Illuminations which take place a little further along the river at weekends during September and October.
Open all the time
Derbyshire, DE4 3AT
See location on Google maps.
Matlock is situated in Derbyshire, on the edge of the Peak District National Park just off the A6 it lies about 20 miles north of Derby and 10 miles south west of Chesterfield.
Parking : with charge
Accessible by Public Transport : Matlock station
|Sat 22 Jun 2013||Daniel Smith Blues Band|
|Sat 22 Jun 2013||Daniel Smith Blues Band (@ Matlock Town FC)|
|Tue 10 Sep 2013||Matlock Moors Hills and Mills|
|Thu 26 Dec 2013||Boxing Day Raft Race|