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Bemroses' Guide to Matlock ... , about 1869*
Eighteenth and nineteenth century tour guides about Matlock Bath and Matlock
 
Walks Round Matlock Bath & Places of Interest, pp.119 - 121

The Bridge at Matlock, Bemrose
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Matlock's Scenery
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Bath to Dale
Black Rocks
to Parish Church
High Tor & Antiquities
Matlock Bank & Riber
Walks & Places of Interest
Mr. Smedley's Hydropathic Establishment
Walker's Museum
Matlock House & Rockside
Royal Cumberland Cavern
Clark Greaves
Radfirth & Stevenson
Midland Railway 01
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WALKS ROUND MATLOCK - BATH.


To CROMFORD, I MILE.

Go by Upper Wood Lane, take footpath through stile by the last cottages at Upper Wood ; then across fields, through wood past Harp Edge (a high, rock on your right), and turn to left as you cross the crest down into Cromford, and home by high road. As you pass through the wood you will get splendid views of the river and weir, Willersley Castle Gardens, and Dale.

To MATLOCK-BRIDGE, BANK, AND TOWN, AND BACK BY STARKHOLMES, 2½ MILES.

Go by high road through Matlock Dale past the High Tor; cross the river at Matlock-Bridge; you can then follow road up to the various Hydropathic Establishments, or take footpath across field by river side to the Church. See the Church, and turning south, take first footpath on right past Gas Works, and over Railway Bridge home.

To CROMFORD, OVER CROMFORD BRIDGE AND ROUND BY STARKHOLMES, 3 MILES.

Take high road to Cromford, and after passing Willersley Lodge and through Scarthin Nick, turn sharp to left ; across Cromford Bridge; then take lane on left hand, which you will see as you cross the bridge, and follow lane to Starkholmes, and home as in last.

To CROMFORD AND BONSALL, 5 MILES.

Take high road to Cromford ; then turn to right by mill pond; go up Bonsall Hollow past fish ponds, saw mill, and chemical works, to the "Pig of Lead;" then take right hand road up the hill; go through village street to Cross; turn to right for Church; pass Church and after leaving the houses, take first footpath on left across fields to Upper Wood Lane.

To CROMFORD, BLACK ROCKS, MIDDLETON, AND ALONG VIA GELLIA AND BACK, 6 MILES.

Pass through Cromford and up Wirksworth road to Black Rocks, take first road through gate and over the High Peak Railway, and follow path up broken stones to top of Rocks (the ascent is not difficult or dangerous) ; on leaving Rocks take footpath past mine on opposite side of road, to Middleton; then through Middleton down to Toll Bar; turn sharp to right and follow the Via Gellia past Tuffa Cottage and Lead Works ; and then through Bonsall Hollow home.

To LEA BRIDGE, RETURNING BY WHATSTANDWELL BRIDGE, 3 HOURS' WALK.

After passing Willersley Lodge, take the first turn to the left, cross Cromford Bridge, keeping to the right along the river side, to Lea Bridge; cross the Canal and keep on the towing path to Whatstandwell; cross Whatstandwell Bridge, and keep to the right for Matlock-Bath.

To SNITTERTON, DARLEY, AND RETURN BY MATLOCK-BRIDGE, 3½ HOURS' WALK.

Along Matlock-Dale to Matlock-Bridge; take the first turn to the right up Salter's Lane to Snitterton, keep to the left for South Darley and Darley Bridge. After crossing the Bridge, keep to the right for the Church. In the Churchyard is the oldest Yew tree in the county. On leaving the Church, take the Highway, and return by Matlock-Bridge.

To MATLOCK TOWN AND TANSLEY, RETURNING BY DETHICK AND RIBER, 3 HOURS' WALK.

Cross the Railway Bridge, keep the river side, then pass under the Railway, and keep the path over the field to the road leading to Matlock Church. Take the turn to the right till you come to the "Horse Shoes" Inn, still keep to your right for Tansley. After passing through the Toll Gate, keep to the right for Dethick. See the Church (which you must ask for, or you will hardly find it), and take the foot road to Riber Hall, thence home by Starkholmes.

THROUGH CROMFORD, UP INTACK LANE TO CROMFORD MOOR, AND BACK BY WHATSTANDWELL OR WIRKSWORTH, 6 MILES.

Go through Cromford, and turn along Derby road past quarry ; take first lane on right hand (nearly opposite Rock House) ; go up lane under High Peak Railroad on to Moor, after passing farmhouse on right hand, take footpath on right for Wirksworth, or continue following lane and work to the left for Whatstandwell and Derby Road, by which return.

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There are many other pretty walks about, but as they form parts of the above walks, the Visitor will have no difficulty in finding them out for himself.

Any further information can be obtained at the "LIBRARY," Messrs. Bemrose & Sons

PLACES OF INTEREST IN AND AROUND MATLOCK-BATH.

The Hot Springs and Baths. Petrifying Wells. Caverns.
High Tor. Hag and Wild Cat Tors. Romantic Rocks.
Heights of Abraham. Masson Low. The Lovers' Walks.
Willersley Gardens and Grounds, open on Monday.
Matlock Town, with its Church and Church Rocks; and Matlock Bank and Hydropathic Establishments.
Black Rocks, most magnificent scenery.
Harborough Rocks, most extensive view over Derbyshire and Staffordshire.
Wirksworth, fine Church and Moot Hall.
Lea Hurst, the Home of Florence Nightingale.
Crich, from which most extensive views can be obtained.
Chatsworth. Haddon Hall. Hardwick Hall.
South Wingfield Manor House.
Bakewell Church, Cross, &c.
Monsal, Millers', Creswick, and Lathkill Dales.
Dovedale and Ilam.
Stoney Middleton and Eyam, with its Runic Cross.
Birchover Rocks, Router Rocks, Robin Hood's Stride, and Stanton Woods with Rocks.
Arbor Low, Druidical remains.
Brightgate, from and a little beyond, splendid view of Chatsworth, Darley Dale, Stanton Woods, Winster, Birchover Rocks, &c.


*Transcribed from
'Bemroses' Guide to Matlock, Bakewell, Chatsworth, Haddon Hall, &c' by John Hicklin, Third Edition, pub Bemrose and Sons, London (no date, but about 1869).
Reproduced here with the very kind permission and help of Sonia Addis Smith, whose book this is from.
OCRed and images scanned by Ann Andrews, 2001 - 2004.
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