Matlock - Post Lockdown 01
w/e 29 August 2021

All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

As the lockdown restrictions began to be eased I was heard to say on more than one occasion "It would be nice to get up Derbyshire again even if it is only as far as Matlock". "Up Derbyshire" in this context meant north from Ilkeston towards and into the Peak District so when the opportunity arose when we had nothing else planned for a few hours we made the 20 mile journey for a change of scenery in Matlock.

Town Centre

Unfortunately it didn't all go to plan and it took us much longer to get there than expected. I made the decision to turn off the more usual direct route to the town and went through Crich, Lea and Holloway towards Cromford. From there I intended to go through Starkholmes, Old Matlock and Matlock Green before reaching the town centre. The road between Lea Green and Cromford was closed so we had to detour through Tansley where we got stuck in a line of traffic inching along nose to tail. Eventually we reached the town and found somewhere to park.
Bank Road

Children were still enjoying their summer holidays and the town was busy with pedestrians as well as traffic. A pedestrian crossing was in constant use and obviously didn't help with the traffic flow. Making use of the crossing ourselves we made our way across Crown Square towards Hall Leys Park. This is the view from the Square up Bank Road to the area known as Matlock Bank.
Hall Leys Park

We entered the park, a place very familiar to us from our annual Sunday School outings many, many years ago. An ice cream van was parked just inside the park but with a cold wind blowing we decided against sampling the produce opting for a coffee instead.

Flower Beds

We sat for a while in the shelter seen in the previous image and surveyed the beautiful formal flower beds.
Garden Of Remembrance

When we started to walk through the park we passed a Garden of Remembrance near the formal beds. The notice showed that the garden is maintained by the Matlock Town Council with the help of Matlock in Bloom volunteers.
Café In The Park

We followed a path through the park passing tennis courts, a skateboard park and this building which was doing a very good trade as the Café In The Park.

Near the café is the bandstand and two permanent table tennis tables - and lots of open space.
Boating Lake

Towards the far end of the park from where we entered is the boating lake which was proving popular with children and adults alike.
Play Area

The play area and splash pool was also very busy.
Miniature Railway

And something else that brought memories of those Sunday School outings was the miniature railway that is still in operation running a short distance between the River Derwent and Broad Walk along the edge of the park back towards the town centre.
Click here for more from our stroll through Matlock.

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