Matlock - Post Lockdown 02
w/e 05 September 2021

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

Continuing our post lockdown stroll through Matlock (click here for part 01), we followed the path known as Broad Walk by the side of the miniature railway in Hall Leys Park.

Bowling Green

With the railway and the River Derwent on our left, we caught a glimpse to the right over the bowling green in the park to the Derbyshire County Council's offices on Matlock Bank.
Matlock FC

Also on the right a little further on Matlock FC's ground on Causeway Lane brought back memories of when I officiated as an assistant referee in 1986 at the Derbyshire FA's Divisional Cup Final only back then we were known as linesmen.

Back on the left and shortly after the end of the railway line we reached the footbridge over the Derwent and, not for the first time, marvelled at the markers denoting flood levels of the river in the past.
Dale Road

We crossed over the bridge and walked up to Dale Road where just around the bend on the left another railway line crosses over the road. This is the regular gauge railway though, not another miniature, that brings trains into the town from Derby.
Snitterton Road

After crossing the road the railway line enters Holt Lane Tunnel which runs behind the properties on Dale Road to reach the station. The tunnel also passes under Snitterton Road which crosses Dale Road where it changes to become Derwent Way. This is the view up Snitterton Road from Dale Road with Holt Lane joining from the left.
Matlock Bridge

In the other direction Snitterton Road crosses the Derwent into the town centre over the 13th century Matlock Bridge. The bridge was widened in 1903-4 and was made one-way to traffic in 2007. It is now classed as a Grade II* listed structure and we would return here to cross it but first we continued along Derwent Way towards the railway station.

Station Master's House

We turned off the road and climbed the footbridge over the line passing the old Station Master's House on the way. The blue plaque on the wall of the house attributes the house to celebrated architect and engineer Sir Joseph Paxton (1803-1865).
Station Yard

In the Station Yard is the station building itself also by Paxton and this dates back to 1849. The station is also a Grade II listed building.

As we watched from the bridge a train arrived from Derby and disgorged its passengers onto the platform while others were waiting to alight for the return journey. This is the end of the line for main line operations but Peak Rail operates from here running a heritage line with steam and diesel engines to Rowsley. They also organise special events, galas, Halloween and Santa Specials for all the family.
Crown Square

Returning to Derwent Way and Matlock Bridge we made our way back to the town centre and Crown Square to conclude this visit to Matlock - but hopefully there will soon be more trips "up Derbyshire".

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