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Walk Through Time
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Band stand
Victorian bandstand in Hall Leys park.
Station to Station. Matlock Bath to Matlock.

This walk takes you through lush and lively woodland, over fresh open countryside and has stunning views from one of Derbyshire's most impressive crags.

Crossing 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.

If you've 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.

The park 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.

Park Life- keep your eyes peeled next to the Derwent for:
Fish - Roach, Perch, Tench and Pike
Birds - Dippers, Kingfishers, Grey Wagtails.
Animals - Otters, Foxes, Stoats, weezels, Water Voles and Mink

The park 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.

Today the park is a calmer spot in which to recharge your batteries before hitting the hustle and bustle of Matlock's shops and cafes.

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 play equipment.

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.

Matlock train 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.

For those who wish to make the walk a circular one you can walk along side the river derwent and back towards Matlock Bath.
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