An Edwardian postcard from a painting by the British artist
Warren Williams ARCA (1863-1941). The autumnal view is
of the riverside walk - known as the Lovers' Walk - beside
the River Derwent, Matlock Bath. Boats for hire can be
seen on the river's edge. The pathway connects Willersley
Castle to the south with central Matlock Bath. Originally
the crossing to Matlock Bath was by ferry or hired boat
but things became easier after Jubilee Bridge was opened
in 1887 and a more recent bridge connects this part of
Lovers' Walks with the Derwent Gardens.
The Lovers' Walks were a popular attraction in the Edwardian
era, not just with couples. On Whit Monday in 1903, when the
weather was glorious and Matlock Bath was packed, the vistors
were said to have enjoyed all the attractions, including the
Lovers' Walks. It
was again beautiful over the August Bank holiday in 1904, with
thousands enjoying what was on offer and the Lovers’ Walks
were once more well patronised.
Most of the photographs and paintings of couples on
the Lovers' Walks were taken with the pair walking away from
Walk, Matlock Bath shows
a couple ca. 1930 walking towards the camera (it is in the "Just
images" section of the site).