Matlock to Carsington Water

Matlock to Carsington water

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This 8 mile long cycle ride takes you from the county town of Matlock down to Carsington Water cycling through The Peak District and past Derwent Valley. Mainly using ‘B’ category roads to try and keep you away from as much traffic as possible while you enjoy your cycle ride. Remember you are cycling in the Peak District and a such you should expect to encounter some hills along the way.

For ease of describing this route I have chosen the starting point of the ride at the junction of Church Street with Matlock Green on the south side of the town. Obviously you can choose any starting point you wish and adjust the route as you wish.

From the top of Church Street cycle away from the junction with Matlock Green and cycle along Church Street around the bend where it runs into Starkholmes Road.

Continue to cycle along Starkholmes Road towards the village of Cromford which is just over a mile along this road. As you cycle along about half way to Cromford if you look over
to your right you will see the town of Matlock Bath which is a former spa town. As you look over to the town you will also see the Heights of Abraham is a tourist attraction in Matlock Bath. Which is a hilltop park on top of Masson Hill, accessed by a cable car from the village below? Amongst the attractions in the park, which has been open since Victorian times, are cavern and mine tours. The cable car was opened in 1984 and was the first alpine cable car in Britain.

Continue to cycle along the road until you reach Cromford it was here that Richard Arkwright built his cotton mill (Cromford Mill) to make use of the Water Frame at the start of The Industrial Revolution. As you approach Cromford,Starkholmes Road bends sharply to the right before coming to a junction with Derby Road A6. At the junction TURN RIGHT AND THEN IMMEDIATE LEFT onto Cromwell Hill A5012. Note:- take care at this part of the route as you are likely to encounter some heavy traffic on this short section of ‘A’ roads (approx 200 yards).
After about 150 yards the A5012 bends to the right. AT THIS POINT GO STRAIGHT AHEAD along the B5036 along Cromford hill which takes you in the direction of the village of Wirksworth.

Cycle along the B5036 for about three quarters of a mile and then TURN RIGHT along Porter Lane B5035. Cycle along Porter Lane past Middletop Visitors Centre and after about 2 miles you come to the top end of Carsington Water.

Continue to cycle along the B5036 for about another mile and three quarters where you come to the village of Knockerdown. On reaching the village TURN LEFT along a country lane and after 700 yards you come to the banks of Carsington Water and the visitors centre.

Carsington Water is a major centre of leisure activities including walking, cycling, fly fishing, bird watching, sailing and windsurfing. The land surrounding the reservoir, in particular the facilities around the visitor centre, have played host to events including a music festival, the Festival of the Peak.
Wildlife around Carsington Water includes Little Owl, Little Grebe, Feral Barnacle Geese, Oystercatcher and Common Tern. Fly fishing is available from the bank and from boats that can be hired from the Fishing Lodge. Fly fishing is for brown trout and rainbow trout only

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