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Lovers' Walks, Matlock Bath, 1932-3
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More from the Ward Lock Guide, 1932:

View from the Heights of Abraham, 1892

Ward Lock Guide

"The Lovers' Walks, a labyrinth of tree-shaded paths, reached by the bridge from the Promenade, winds in a series of zigzags up the side of the verdant hill on the opposite side of the river from Matlock Bath. Holiday-makers, especially the more romantic, have always highly esteemed these walks, for the corners are secluded and the prospects poetic. Plants and flowers grace this delightful region in profusion, and a recent addition is a small aviary. There are two sets of paths whereby the top of the hill may be reached, visitors usually ascending by the one and descending by the other".

The "bridge by the promenade" - the Jubilee Bridge - is no longer the only means of accessing the Lovers' Walks, of course, as in 1969 a new bridge was constructed across the River Derwent; it is approximately where the line of the river disappears into the horizon in the above photograph and connects the Lovers' Walks with the Derwent Gardens. These days the footpath between the two bridges is lit.

A different view of the path on Lovers' Walks

Photographs, by Valentine (top image) and Frith (bottom image) , from Ward Lock & Co's "Matlock, Dovedale, Bakewell and South Derbyshire", Illustrated Guide Books of England and Wales (1932-3), photographs 7 opposite page 44.
Quotation from page 33 of the same guide book.
The photographs in the book were unlikely to have been taken specifically for the guide and were also not necessarily of the same date the book was published. The Frith image had been published in the 1911-12 edition.
Of the quotation provided, all but the last one and a half sentences was also included in the guide of 1903.
In the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews.
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