Some seasonal photographs taken in January 2010 when heavy
snowfall enveloped the country
1. Lovers' Walks, the River Derwent and the new(er) bridge.
Lifebuoys and ropes were first introduced along the river bank
at points where the river was considered to be dangerous following
a boating disaster in 1891 in which two people lost their lives.
The Buxton Coroner had recommended purchasing such equipment to Matlock
Bath's Local Board and had even advised them where to buy it. Mr.
Wheatcroft, a Board member at the time, said it was "disgraceful
that, having a river upon which many thousands of excursionists
went in boats, they even had to go to Matlock Bridge when they
wanted a paltry drag. It was all the more reprehensible that these
lifebuoys were very inexpensive".
The ones bought then weren't red, of course, but lifebuoys have
been life savers on several occasions in the intervening years.
2. Lovers' Walks, steps up the hillside.
Just one of the steep pathways that both locals and tourists have
enjoyed using since the mid eighteenth century.
This path is the one close to the tufa arched shelter near the children's
3. Cat Tor, or Wild Cat Tor
No climbers can be seen on the limestone escarpment above the River
Derwent in this snow scene.
4. Jubilee Bridge.
The bridge dates from 1887.
5. Jubilee Bridge, the river, part of North Parade and a snow covered Starkholmes
on the hillside above.
6. The War Memorial.
The Promenade is at its widest here, but road widening in the mid 1960s has meant
that the wide walkway enjoyed by the Victorians and Edwardians is much reduced.
7. Heavy snow again on on 1 Dec 2010 - and the train was on time!