Matlock, only a small hamlet until the 1800's when mills at Cromford were built by Richard Arkwight. But it really expanded when "hydrotherapy" treatments where introduced to the Victorians by John Smedley. Smedley even built his own castle, now in ruins.
With trains and trams the town prospered for 100 years.
Today a busy town and tourist centre on the edge of the Peak District and close to Matlock Bath, a mile down the A6.
High Tor towers over these towns and there are plenty of paths to wander high overthe River Derwent. Or try a gentle stroll around Hall Leys Park, down by the river.
Good views from St Giles church, above the town, with its stained glass windows.>
Lea Gardens Rare collections of rhododendrons, azaleas, and rock plants. Shop, tea room.
Wingfield Manor A ruined 15th-century mansion and tower.
Caudwell's Mill A 19th century water powered flour mill.
Crich Tramway Village Home of the National Tramway Museum
Peak Rail Take a trip on a steam train.
Towns Near Matlock To Visit - straight line distance:Matlock Bath (1.28 miles) Wirksworth (4.27 miles) Bakewell (7.24 miles) Chesterfield (8.58 miles)