Walks, Matlock Bath, 1932-3
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"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.
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.
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