On the river Derwent at the edge of the Peak District National Park, there is plenty to do and see in and around Rowsley.
The busy A6 road cuts the village in two where a broad bridge crosses the Derwent near the fine old Peacock Hotel. Rowsley developed with the coming of the railway and large marshalling yards and engine sheds were a hive of activity south of the village until the late 1960's. A quieter part of the village follows the lane past St Katherine's church where there are some pretty cottages.
Things to do; Midway between Bakewell and Matlock, with Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall close by, Rowsley is an ideal place to stay for exploring the area. On the site of the original station built by Sir Joseph Paxton is the Peak Village, a shopping complex with extensive visitor facilities. Caudwell's Mill is a well-preserved Victorian corn mill, thought to be the only water powered turbine roller flourmill still in operation. It is open to visitors for tours and demonstrations; there is also a working craft centre with a shop and a café. A mile out of the village, off the A6 is Rowsley South station, where Peak Rail operates a preserved railway line with trains at weekends and on summer weekdays. The village has two fine hotels, East Lodge and The Peacock, a pub, The Grouse and Claret and two small art galleries. Excellent walks radiate from the village on paths to Chatsworth and Haddon or up the hillsides to the moors of Stanton and Fallinge. The Derwent Valley Heritage Trail runs through the village. There are annual Well Dressings and a Flower festival at the end of June.
Open all the time
Derbyshire, DE4 2EB
Map reference: SK 255657 Lat: 53.18777 Long: -1.61982
Accessible by Public Transport : 5 miles (8.0 kms) from Matlock station
|Sat 22, Sun 23 Jun 2013||Art Exhibition|
|Mon 24 Jun 2013||Rowsley Well Dressing under Construction|
|Tue 25 Jun 2013||Rowsley Well Dressing under Construction|
|Wed 26 - Fri 28 Jun 2013||Rowsley Well Dressing under Construction|
|Sat 29 Jun 2013 - Fri 5 Jul 2013||Rowsley Well Dressing|
|Sun 30 Jun 2013||Car Boot Sales on the Playing Fields|
|Sun 14 Jul 2013||Car Boot Sales on the Playing Fields|
|Sun 21 Jul 2013||Car Boot Sales on the Playing Fields|
|Sun 28 Jul 2013||Car Boot Sales on the Playing Fields|
|Sun 4 Aug 2013||Car Boot Sales on the Playing Fields|