Find out more about the Stagecoach cookie. Most tickets are available until Travelling in a group of 10 or more? Find the cheapest tickets with our Best Fare Finder. Local residents, family and friends, parish and town councils, community groups and schools are taking great pride in making their local station a welcoming and attractive part of their community. Customers are now greeted by attractive, local station environments created by our station adopters and wider community, with the support of Derwent Valley Line Community Rail Partnership.
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Thanks to all those involed from the local community, many of the stations along this picturesque route now host a range of beautiful flowers, shrubs and school artwork. Alongside the improvements made by the local community and Station Adopters, East Midlands Trains have also invested in the line. Aside from volunteering to help at stations, East Midlands Trains have added a solar powered help point at Matlock station, refurbished an historic station footbridge in its original colour scheme and once again added CCTV at every station.
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Take a look at our Station Adopters page to see what contributions you can make to your local station. But the six-mile stretch between Matlock and Whatstandwell is arguably the most interesting, for its spectacular rock architecture at places like High Tor and Pic Tor; for its place as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution; and for the glorious Derbyshire WT Derwentside Nature Reserve on the 18 th century Cromford Canal.
Section 4 - Rowsley to Matlock - Derwent Valley Trust
The walk starts in Hall Leys Park, Matlock, following the river into Old Matlock and past the ivy-encrusted reef limestone outcrop of Pic Tor, which is crowned by a war memorial. The crag of High Tor is the abode of serious climbers, who can sometimes be seen clinging like human spiders to the sheer rockface.
The massive shield of reef limestone towers over the River Derwent and the A6, which wind through the narrow gorge a giddying feet below. Just before the traffic lights, turn left at some stone gateposts to Church Walk between limestone crags and the river. On the opposite bank is Willersley Castle, the would-be home of Richard Arkwright, father of the modern industrial factory system and inventor of the water-powered spinning frame.
Unfortunately, he died in before repairs were completed after a fire had partly destroyed the half-completed building. The cycle routes around the Derwent Reservoirs, the Thornhill Trail and cycle lanes to Hathersage offer safe cycling in this area. The High Peak Trail provides A Derby cycle route guide is available from Derby City Council, contact Access for All The Derwent Valley Heritage Way follows field and woodland paths, tracks and sections of pavement and road.
Although a valley walk there are climbs and descents.
The terrain generally makes for easy walking, however, some sections can be wet underfoot and prone to flooding. Within the Peak District National Park many stiles have been replaced with gates to make access easier. Order a Brochure on-line. Free Guided Walks in the Peak District. Peak District Cottages. George Hotel - Youlgreave.