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Beautiful free day out in Matlock Bath, Derbyshire | River Derwent Walk

Matlock Bath is a lovely little place for a day out. Are you wondering what there is to do in Matlock? The answer: so much! We came just for a relaxing day out and wanted it to be cheap, or better, free. So we went on a river side stroll and found some playgrounds.

Matlock Bath has something for everyone of all ages, it has a seaside feel but the beautiful surroundings of the countryside. I spent the day having a relaxing walk at the River Derwent, exploring the riverside gardens, nature and fresh air… and Eric enjoyed the playgrounds and paddling!

 

Matlock Bath is a village just south of Matlock in Derbyshire. There’s so much to do in Matlock and Matlock Bath, from theme parks, museums, walks, arcades, gift shops and cafes, to aquariums, festivals and cable cars. I love it as it is such a unique place and you can do a lot of different things, making each visit a different day out when you go.

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There’s gift shops, arcades, fish and chip shops and cafes galore. If you start at the train station, it’s just a short walk up to the museum, and on this stroll you can see all of the shops and get some chips, hehe. The architecture is so pretty, lots of photo opportunities!

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River Derwent in Matlock Bath is home to canoe boats and these can be hired to enjoy a spot of canoeing with your friends and family! We didn’t fancy it, but we enjoyed watching the boats and Eric was fascinated with them. It was so relaxing to watch them sail up and down the river. We started the walk at The Peak District Lead Mining Museum in Matlock Bath, where there is a car park and cafe. There were stalls, fair ground rides and a pirate festival going on when we visited but it was still very peaceful.

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The path lead us up to a small playground, then we explored around in the riverside gardens. It is so incredibly pretty and felt like a fairytale. Eric ended up walking into a pond with lily pads, so off came his clothes and back in for a paddle he went. There were little rock pools, fountains and tiny gardens. It was like a dream. The small playground had a slide, a rocking horse and some other toddler equipment, and later on at the end of the walk we found a bigger playground. This one had sand, swings, and a large wooden pirate ship. It was really busy and obviously very popular with families!

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Once we hit a dead end past the first playground, we crossed the river on a bridge and headed back down. we came across another playground, this one was bigger with a wooden pirate ship. We managed a brief play but Eric had walked the whole trail himself so he had tired legs and was ready for a nap.

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River Derwent

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Honestly, it was such a nice day. We didn’t pay anything and just enjoyed the stroll. It was so, so pretty. I really recommend it. We got the train to Matlock Bath, from Sheffield via Derby. It takes about an hour and a half. There is a bus direct to Matlock from Sheffield, but then it is about an half hour walk from Matlock into Matlock Bath; I prefer getting the train!

There’s lots to do in the area to keep you busy if a stroll around the river isn’t exciting enough. We were happy enough with a free afternoon and spent a few hours exploring, at toddler pace.

Have you been to Matlock?

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