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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Matlock and Crich.

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Grid Ref SK2966060180
Lat / Lon 53.13797° / -1.55809°
Easting / Northing 429,660E / 360,180N
What3Words masses.oblige.stubble
Grid Ref SK3499354215
Lat / Lon 53.08403° / -1.47902°
Easting / Northing 434,993E / 354,215N
What3Words motoring.shuttling.dolphin

Matcri One's land is

Other agricultural land 6.8%
Pasture 30.5%
Urban 17.4%
Woods 45.4%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018



05 Dec 2022 Autumn

I walked this route from Matlock to Crich. It's a great, challenging route, a great addition to the Slow Ways network.

Leaving Matlock, the climb is steep, but the views are rewarding.

A long stretch of woodland path takes you up and over Matlock Bath, an epic and gorgeous bit of walking.

After a steep descent into Cromford, much of the rest of the route is along the Cromford Canal. There's even a tunnel to go through! Easy and beautiful walking.

The climb up and over the hill between Whatstandwell and Crich is challenging but thankfully brief, and Crich is a lovely end point.

A lovely, varied, fun, and challenging route I really enjoyed walking.

Hugh Hudson

04 Dec 2022 (edited 06 Dec 2022) Autumn

Walked from Matlock to Crich. A good scenic route, with a few steep ups and downs and a few paths that demand a head for heights.

Leaving Matlock station, the route goes over the Sainsbury's footbridge to reach Snitterton Road, then down a short distance left to reach the Limestone Way path that goes steeply up a grassy field. Where the path forks we take the left branch which continues to cross the field, and joins a clear path that comes down from Seven Rakes, which we follow round a few bends and across another path to St Johns Road, which we follow to its end, turning half left below a gate and following anothr clear path past the Heights of Abraham cablecar line to Upperwood Road, which we also follow to its end. A small path continues past the houses, crossing some steep exposed slopes where care and a head for height are needed. Eventually it finds its way down through the wood to emerge in Cromford on Scarthin above the pond (noting the bookshop and the pub).

We go left down Scarthin and left again on Market Place, then cross two pelican crossings to Mill Road, which we follow past Arkwright's Mill, turning right at the footpath sign just beyond the end of the canal and following the towpath, which passes the end of the High Peak railway then crosses the Derwent on a low aqueduct, going through a short tunnel and continuing as far as Whatstandwell station. Here we cross the canal on a footbridge, accessed up steps, and continuing up the path to Stone Wood Drive. We go right and take the left turn up Hindersitch Lane into Crich Carr, taking the shortcut lane half right behind houses that leads to a path that ends with a short flight of steps up to Top Lane. A short distance to the right the path continues, going up more steps and crossing a farm road to emerge on the fields above. The path forks, and we take the left branch, heading towards the church at Crich. Just above the village the path forks again, and we take the right branch then turn right on the clear path that leads to Coasthill. A short pavement walk takes us to the Crich meeting point in the village square.

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