Matlock Bath Accessible Trail
A 1¼ mile Accessible Sensory Trail has been created to bring the Matlock Bath experience to all.
From the Railway Station car park, go over the bridge.
Immediately after the Midland Hotel, enter the Memorial Gardens containing the War Memorial and exhibition about village life during World War 1. Public toilets are also here.
Proceed through the Gardens, following the riverside path to Jubilee Bridge.
Cross the bridge and join ‘Lovers’ Walk’: the oldest public park in the world! To the left is a quiet area by the bandstand, with the main route leading to the right.
To the left of this path are a flight of stone steps known as Birdcage Walk. The wheelchair accessible route follows the river past the play area. As you walk, look across the River Derwent to the Cascade of thermal water.
Continue along the path, taking in the sights, sounds, textures and smells, until you reach the second bridge.
Cross the bridge and enter Derwent Gardens. To the left are the Water Gardens featuring the thermal spring water which comes from below ground at 20 degrees Celsius. There is also a children’s play area, seating and picnic tables.
Having enjoyed the Water Gardens, re-join the route that follows the river back to Matlock Bath Grand Pavilion, passing the bandstand, fountain and pond which contains large Koi Carp. The grotto close to the fountain pond is built with Tufa, a stone formed by deposits from the water of Matlock Bath. A variety of events are held in this part of the Gardens throughout the year including the Illuminations.
As you head towards the Grand Pavilion, you will pass the boat landing, where you can hire a rowing boat or enjoy a wheelchair accessible pleasure boat ride during the summer months.
Passing the Grand Pavilion, which houses a museum and tourist information, you will find the Fishpond where Koi Carp can be seen.
Cross the road to enjoy the unique feel of the many shops, cafes, chip shops. ice cream parlours and amusements of the village on South and North Parade. It is also well known for the many motorbikes which visit here. Alternatively, keep to the quieter riverside pavement and make your way to the Station car park this way to complete the trail.
More Walks & Rides
Perri’s family tour from Duffield Station offers two short walks exploring history and nature.View
Perri’s family tour of Belper leads offers two short walking routes to either the River Gardens or Belper Parks.View
Perri’s family tour from Ambergate leads along the Cromford Canal to Whatstandwell.View
Perri’s family tour from Whatstandwell leads along the Cromford Canal through Gregory’s Tunnel to High Peak Junction.View
Perri’s family tour of Cromford includes climbing the steep steps to Scarthin Rock or the Cromford Canal to High Peak Junction.View
Perri’s family tour of Matlock Bath leads through Lovers’ Walks to Derwent Gardens.View
Perri’s family tour of Matlock follows the level riverside paths through Hall Leys Park and along the Pic Tor Promenade.View
Walk number 1, is a 4 mile walk between Duffield and Belper over the Chevin and following the ancient Portway along the ridge of the Derwent Valley.View
Walk number 2, is a 6 mile walk between Belper and Duffield through open country with superb views linking together the historic settlements of Bargate and Holbrook.View
Walk number 3, is an 8 mile walk between Belper and Ambergate along the valley ridge, with two steady climbs through farmland and ancient woodland.View
Walk number 4, is a 4.5 mile walk between Ambergate and Belper through farmland with a short climb providing excellent views of Heage Windmill from the valley ridge.View
Walk number 5, is a 4.5 mile walk between Ambergate and Whatstandwell through ancient woodland, old parkland and open farmland, with excellent views. There are no really steep climbsView
Walk number 6, is a steep 3.5 mile walk between Whatstandwell and Ambergate via Crich through farmland, Crich Chase woodlands and along the towpath of the Cromford CanalView
Walk number 7, is a 4 mile walk between Whatstandwell and Cromford with a steep path section in Whatstandwell, through undulating farmland and along a surfaced track.View
Walk number 8, is a 4 mile walk between Cromford and Whatstandwell combining the Cromford Canal towpath with steep climbs through woodland. The views of the Derwent Valley are spectacular.View
Walk number 9, is an easy 2.25 mile walk between Cromford and Matlock Bath taking in the historic village of Cromford and a lovely woodland path.View
Walk number 10, is a 3 mile hilltop walk between Matlock Bath and Cromford via Riber Castle, providing magnificent views. There is a steep climb and the walk goes through woodlands, fields and along an ancient trackway.View
Walk number 11 is a 3 mile walk through woods and fields with fine views between Matlock Bath and Matlock.View
Walk number 12, is a 2 mile walk between Matlock and Matlock Bath alongside the River Derwent and with a climb to High Tor with its spectacular views.View