Cromford Mills & Matlock Bath


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This excursion to the Peak District starts with a visit to Cromford Mills, the birthplace of the modern factory system and home to the world’s first successful water-powered cotton spinning mill. In the visitor centre you can discover what happened to the site after it finished spinning cotton in the 1840s and the life of the mills since then, including the restoration challenge faced by the Arkwright Society to bring the buildings back into use and create the heritage attraction you can see today.  There are a few little independent shops to browse around as well as a café and coffee shop.

We then head off for a visit to Matlock Bath, set in the beautiful gorge of the river Derwent, with attractive riverside gardens, wooded hillsides and rocky limestone crags. A popular tourist destination since the late 17th Century when the spa waters were discovered, its’ heyday was in Victorian, times when it became known as “Little Switzerland” by the poet, Lord Byron.

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