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Lumsdale Valley, Matlock

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Lumsdale Valley is a steep-sided wooded gorge in the Peak District near Matlock, Derbyshire, in England. It is the location of a series of historic water-powered mills.

Lumsdale Valley site is a protected Scheduled Monument, currently owned and preserved by the Arkwright Society (leased to the society since the 1976 and then bequeathed to it in 1996 by Marjorie Mills). It is within the Lumsdale Conservation Area, set up in 1980. The monument consists of a series of historic water-powered mills and other fragile industrial archaeological structures and remains. The privately owned central gorge area of the monument is no longer open to general public access.

The name Lumsdale is believed to mean either 'valley of chimneys' (from the Scottish word lum meaning chimney and reflecting the area's industrial heritage) or 'valley of water pools' (from the English name lumb meaning a place with a pool).
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  • In September 2021 after being assured by someone from the Arkwright Society by email that the site was open for visitors we undertook a two hour drive to the site to see the ruins. Yes you can get to....  more »
  • lovely place for a wander round for an hour the waterfalls are so beautiful,was hoping to pop up on my birthday for photoshoot with the dog but I see the covidiots have put pay to that !! although...  more »

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