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Matlock has a town council (the urban equivent of a rural parish council) which is the lowest tier of local government. The Council meets twice a month. There are 11 Councillors who cover the area and 9 members of staff. Matlock Town Council's jurisdiction extends covers the Town Centre, Matlock Bank, Hurst Farm, Matlock Green, Matlock Town, Starkholmes and Riber.
Matlock is home to Matlock Town Football Club playing in the Northern Premier League Premier Division at their Causeway Lane ground.
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If you’re looking for something relaxing to do in the Matlock area take a visit Lea Gardens, café and nursery, just ten minutes outside Matlock. The gardens and nursery specialise in rhododendrons, azaleas, and alpines and are particularly spectacular during the rhododendron flowering season but are well worth visiting at […]
In 2010, Crown Square was updated with the replacement of pavements and street furniture intended to provide a new look more appropriate to the conservation area, the old tarmac pavements and traffic island being rebuilt in local sandstone, barriers replaced with heritage bollards and all the street lights replaced. Bakewell Road and Firs Parade were not included in this phase as they are just off Crown Square, and along with Imperial Road they are yet to be redeveloped.
Peak Rail have re-opened a section of the former Midland railway which ran between Matlock and Buxton. They are based at Rowsley South station and run services from there to Matlock.
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If you’re feeling adventurous and are looking for exciting outdoor activities in the Matlock area, Peaks and Paddles could be for you. Activities including canoeing, abseiling, caving and rock climbing can be catered for by the company at locations around Matlock such as canoeing on the river Derwent and abseiling […]
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Hall Leys Park is a Victorian public park in the centre of Matlock, Derbyshire which opened in 1898. It lies between the River Derwent to the south and Causeway Lane to the north. The park has many facilities and in 2004–2005 underwent major regeneration as part of the Matlock Parks Project with funding from the Millennium Commission.
The town as seen from the nearby cable cars.
The Derbyshire Craft Centre is at Calver Bridge, near Baslow, about 10 miles north of Matlock Bath in the centre of Derbyshire’s Peak District. The Craft Centre houses the largest selection of pottery and crafts in the county, including gifts, toiletries, greetings cards, preserves and books. The Centre’s eating house […]
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Matlock holds many varied events in the Town throughout the year. Details of which can be found on poster displays in noticeboards around the Town and via various web and social media sites.
High Tor is a lofty limestone crag which towers over Matlock Bath, Derbyshire. There is a public park on top.
In the centre of the park is the Victorian bandstand which is used regularly in the summer months by local brass bands and for events such as the annual Matlock Victorian Christmas Weekend - held on the first weekend of December. Beside the bandstand is a footbridge over the River Derwent which has markings indicating the height of several floods that hit the town in the 1960s and 1970s. The café, on the opposite side of the bandstand, has similar markings for other floods.
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A former spa town, Matlock (from the Old English for Moot Oak) lies on the River Derwent, and has prospered from both the hydrotherapy industry and the cloth mills constructed on the river and its tributary Bentley Brook.
Bank Road runs from Crown Square up Matlock Bank, a steep hill which gives the road its name, to Wellington Street. Although many consider the whole incline to be Bank Road, just over halfway up beyond Smedley Street the road is called Rutland Street. Bank Road has many local landmark buildings along it - from the bottom of the hill (Crown Square) travelling north:
Before Highfields School was founded in 1982, when the tripartite education system in Matlock ended, there were two secondary schools in Matlock; Charles White Secondary Modern School (founded in 1956, and named after two local MPs, father and son, the latter of who died in 1956) and Ernest Bailey's Grammar School (founded in 1924 and named after its wealthy founder).
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The Crich Tramway Village is just 7 miles from Matlock Bath town centre in Derbyshire’s Peak District making it a popular destination for visitors to the area. Home to the National Tramway Museum, visitors can take unlimited tram rides on the mile long track through the museum and restored village […]
The Youth Hostels Association (YHA) has its national headquarters in the former Severn Trent Water building on Dimple Road, Matlock. YHA has had two hostels in the town. The first (1933–1934) in Tor Dale and the second (1983–2007) in Bank Road. Despite the close proximity of the Head Office, Bank Road closed in 2007 as part of a restructuring exercise. It has subsequently been redeveloped.
Matlock is also home to Matlock Cricket Club playing next to the football ground, and Matlock and District Swimming Club (also known as MAD Swimming) which trained and competed in the nearby old Matlock Lido before it closed in August 2011 with subsequent events transferred to the Arc complex.
As regards national democracy, Matlock forms part of the Derbyshire Dales (UK Parliament constituency). The MP currently (2015) is Patrick McLoughlin. He has held the seat for the Conservative Party since 1986.
Masson Mills, Matlock Bath are Sir Richard Arkwright's masterpiece, a magnificent early 19th century mill. The mill has been converted into a shopping village, with exhibition and conference centre, but it also has a working textile museum.
Last year Matlock Town Council ran Band Concerts, Matlock Farmers’ Market, Saturdays Unplugged, Volunteer ranger sessions and jointly arranged the Victorian Matlock Christmas Weekend.
Gulliver’s Kingdom is a family oriented theme park within walking distance of the centre of Matlock Bath. Suited particularly to families with young children, Gulliver’s offers attractions and rides designed to suit everyone for a day out of fun. The park features different themed areas such as Lilliput Land, Fantasy […]
Kedleston Hall is a half hour drive from Matlock Bath and although less well known than Chatsworth House, it’s certainly not to be overlooked if you’re staying in the area and country houses are your thing. The mansion, in neo-classical style, was designed almost entirely by the famous architect, Robert […]
The main offices of all three tiers of local government are sited in Matlock. The Town Council is situated in the Imperial Rooms close to the bottom of Bank Road, the District Council is half way up Bank Road and the County Council is at the top.
Matlock is nine miles (14 km) south-west of Chesterfield, and in easy reach of the cities of Derby (19 miles), Sheffield (20 miles), and Nottingham (29 miles); the Greater Manchester conurbation is 30 miles away. Matlock is within the Derbyshire Dales district, which also includes the towns of Bakewell and Ashbourne, as well as Wirksworth. The headquarters of Derbyshire County Council are in the town.
Ecclesbourne Valley Railway is a project to reopen the railway between Wirksworth and Duffield. This is staffed and run by volunteers, based at Wirksworth Station.