Top 5 Autumn Adventures in Derbyshire


 There’s something very special about Derbyshire at this time of year. Those crisp autumnal mornings, the bristling leaves turning red and orange, and cosy evenings spent by a log fire.


To help you get the most out of this beautiful season, here are 5 Autumn Adventures to try in Derbyshire…

1. Lumsdale Valley – A hidden gem of Derbyshire providing visitors with a glimpse into a time of water-powered industry, now lost in history. The valley is a listed conservation area, maintained by the Arkwright’s society in a state of picturesque decay. As you wander through the valley past mill wheels, mill ruins and mill ponds, you will eventually arrive at the beautiful Lumsdale waterfall. Click here for a popular walking route from Matlock town centre –

2. Curbar Edge – Walk along Curbar Edge and take in the expansive landscape and breath-taking scenery of Derbyshire and the Peak District. Arguably one of the best viewpoints in the county, this gritstone escarpment provides an elevated position where you can admire Derwent Valley, the rolling farmland and picturesque villages. As an extra bonus, there is a wonderful refreshments van in the car park serving up delicious coffee and cake at the weekends!

3. October Half Term Holiday Club – Ensure that the little ones stay active and enjoy the outdoors this October half-term with our highly popular Holiday Club, suitable for children aged 8 – 12 years. Choose from 5 days of exciting activities which will keep them entertained from 8.30 am – 4.30 pm each day. Children can try their hand at Archery Tag, High Ropes, Indoor Climbing and the new Rooftop Rider Zip Wire. The price is £30 per day or £140 for the week, which includes a packed lunch. Book your child’s place –

4. Matlock Bath Illuminations – Every Saturday and Sunday from 8th September – 28th October, the Victorian spa town of Matlock Bath comes to life with a spectacular parade of illuminated boats along the River Derwent. If you’re visiting on Saturday evening, stick around until 9pm for a fantastic firework display which lights up the night sky. Tickets start from £5 pp and must be purchased in advance. Learn more –

Matlock Bath Illuminations.  Photo credit: Peak FM.

Matlock Bath Illuminations. Photo credit: Peak FM.

5. Winnats Pass – Arguably one of the most picturesque cycling routes in the Peak District, the winding road of Winnats Pass is no mean feat. The challenging hill climb is 1.4 km long with an average gradient of 12%, passing through steep-sided limestone slopes. The quaint town of Castleton sits at the entrance to Winnats Pass, and is an ideal location for coffee, cake and shop browsing.