the stone footbridge, hang a left and walk along the river path. The Derwent
has flooded Matlock many times so as you walk, look out for the two plaques
on the left which show the levels flood water reached in the 1960's. On
reaching the other side you can slow the pace and take a stroll through
Hall Leys Park in the centre of Matlock.
We took a walk through time on Otober 16th.
Take a look at the pictures.
still got some energy you could finish off the walk here with a game of
tennis, round of miniature golf or boating on the lake. Kids can catch
a ride on Little David - the miniature train that runs along the riverbank
park or enjoy themselves in the play area.
was transformed from Hall Leys public fields in 1898, complete with bandstand
where Matlock's Brass Band perform. Started to 'promote the education
and performance' of music locally, the band has been going for 150 years
and recently qualified for the National Brass Band Finals.
Life- keep your eyes peeled next to the Derwent for:
- Roach, Perch, Tench and Pike
Birds - Dippers, Kingfishers, Grey Wagtails.
Animals - Otters, Foxes, Stoats, weezels, Water Voles and Mink
was also the scene of a dramatic incident on 27th March 1911. Constable
Arthur Walsh arrested a woman for allegedly shoplifting. Not wanting to
handcuff her, he walked his suspect through Hall Leys Park where she bolted,
with the policeman in hot pursuit. She dived into the swollen river and
though he couldn't swim, Constable Walsh dived in after her. Both lost
their lives and the act of bravery is commemorated with a memorial plaque
in the park.
park is a calmer spot in which to recharge your batteries before hitting
the hustle and bustle of Matlock's shops and cafes.
station is the end of the line for the walk. In its heyday trains used to
stop here on their way to London and Manchester and thanks to the trade
brought in helped Matlock develop into the town it is today.
Early next year skate boarders will start to become a familiar site as
a current restoration project will include a skate park as well as new
The park ends at the medieval Matlock Bridge which dates from the 15th
Century. Traditionally one of the few crossing points over the Derwent
it was painted by the artist Joseph M. W. Turner.
For those who wish to make the walk a circular one you can walk along side
the river derwent and back towards Matlock Bath.