Archaeology, Architecture, Building, Derbyshire, England, Industrial, Industrial Archaeology, Lake, Life, Lumsdale, Matlock, Nature, photography, Plants, Sights, Travel, UK, Water, Waterfalls, Watermills, waterwheels, Wood
Virtually at my door step I decided to explore (camera in hand) this valley which I didn’t even know existed until recently.
It’s a wooded gorge of outstanding natural beauty tucked away high above Matlock in Derbyshire, England. With its crumbling stone ruins, waterwheels, ponds and waterfalls, nature has melded with the industrial remains of the past to create an oasis of romantic decay.
The Bentley Brook, which flows down the valley once provided the power for a serious of mills manufacturing a range of different products: gunpowder, cotton spinning, bleaching, grinding corn, bone and minerals. It is one of the best surviving water powered industrial archaeological sites in England. A beautiful place to visit if you’re interested in Industrial Archaeology or not.
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