Welcoming you back safely
As Government advice continues to evolve in relation to the coronavirus pandemic, visitors should check in to individual sites’ and attractions’ websites and social media to keep informed on how they are responding to this. Links to our main sites and attractions are given below, as well as other venues of which we are aware.
You will be able to find useful information on the Visit Peak District and Derbyshire website too at www.visitpeakdistrict.com
We are all in a period of rapid change and uncertainty. All staff and volunteers are working hard to put the guidelines in place to keep you as safe as possible and so that you can enjoy your visit as much as possible too! We would ask you to show kindness, patience and consideration to each other and to staff and volunteers who you may encounter on your visit.
Please follow an onsite instructions and whilst out and about along the canal or footpaths, please limit your use of narrow trails and towpaths where 2 metre social distancing may not be possible.
Please use the bins provided, and if these are full or there isn’t a convenient bin, please take your litter home with you. If you are out with your dog, please ensure you have poo bags with you and take the bags home with you.
Please use any designated parking available, and do not park on double yellow lines or grass verges
Both the Working Textile Museum and the Masson Mills Shopping Village are closed until further notice
Cromford Mills is open, except for the Visitor Centre. The mill yard is open, the cafes are open for takeaways and most of the shops are open. Starting on Friday 7th August, Cromford Mills will be offering 4 special tour experiences a day for household bubbles, combining a tour of the yard with the Arkwright Experience. Visit cromfordmills.org.uk to book your place now.
The Mill has gained the Visit England “Good to Go” kitemark, which means that they are operating to high standards of safety and hygiene.
Birdswood Canal Boat
Birdswood remains closed for now.
High Peak Junction @DerbyshireCountryside
Takeaway refreshments are being served and toilets are now open with additional cleaning in place.
Facilities that remain closed include:
- hire of all-terrain mobility scooters or ‘trampers’
- events cancelled from April until the end of August 2020
If visiting please use our sites responsibly, make good use of the space available and follow social distancing guidelines. Limit your use of narrow trails and towpaths which impact the 2 metre guidance. Please take any litter and dog poo bags home with you as bin collections on our site will be less frequent than usual.
Leawood Pumphouse has cancelled Steaming dates until further notice.
Lumsdale Valley and Waterfalls
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and concerns for public safety in the Lumsdale Valley, it is with regret that the Arkwright Society, with support from Matlock Town Council, has to announce that it is unable to allow general public access to the Lumsdale Valley ponds and waterfalls until further notice. The recent relaxation of the lockdown measures has led to unprecedented levels of visitor activity to this beautiful valley. Due to its natural limitations, social distancing is impossible to maintain for visitors and local residents and therefore in the best interests of all, public access to the waterfalls will not be possible until safe to do so. We request that visitors do not travel to the site as parking and access will not be available. The Arkwright Society, its wonderful local volunteers and supporters have worked hard to try and maintain safe access to the area, but public safety for visitors and residents must be our primary concern at these difficult times. The situation will be reviewed should circumstances change.
Many of the restaurants, cafes, galleries and independent shops are now open in Cromford Village. Shoppers will be required to wear facecoverings when in stores.
Belper Town Centre
Belper will have a phased re-opening of more shops and businesses beginning from the 15 June.
Preparations are underway with signage advising shoppers where pavements have been diverted to allow people to maintain social distancing and move around safely. Where footways are narrow pedestrians are recommended to ‘Walk on the Left Where Possible’ to create a one-way system and maintain a good pedestrian flow.
Shoppers will need to wear facecoverings when in stores. Shoppers may need to wait outside individual shops, where restrictions are in place, and some business may open by appointment in order to keep you safe.
At all times shoppers must follow social distancing guidelines, not to congregate in groups larger than those permitted and to keep pavements clear.
In busy places, pavement signs will help to make it clear where people should queue and wait to enter shops and to assist shoppers and maintain safe social distancing. Some seating may be restricted and food and drink should not be consumed on public seating to reduce the risk of spreading infection.
Amber Valley Borough Council has been working with a number of town centre retailers to establish what assistance they might need in managing queuing outside their stores. The intention is to create safe queuing areas and pedestrian flows in those areas.
Retailers will also be implementing Covid Secure Measures to keep you safe. Retailers will require shoppers to wear a face covering when in store and will be taking additional steps to manage the goods which have been handled.
Residents are encouraged to walk or cycle wherever possible and consider visiting the town centres at quieter times. Some stores may be opening limited times or offering a ‘pre-order and collect or appointment only’ service, so it could pay to check in advance.
Contactless payment is preferred at the Council’s Pay & Display Car Parks. Amber Valley residents are reminded to use their Resident’s Parking Permit, which entitles them to park for free in most car parks after 4pm or upgrade to an enhanced permit at a cost of £4 to benefit from free parking after 2pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays and free town centre parking on Sundays. Find out more about this here: https://www.ambervalley.gov.uk/roads-and-parking/parking/residents-and-business-parking/
Strutt’s North Mill @belpermill
Strutt’s North Mill Museum is closed until further notice, but we are pleased that their popular Sunday Heritage walks are back on. Please see our events calendar for more details and how to book. Please see the latest statement from the team:
We will be re-opening – but not just yet!
Following the temporary closure of the museum in March due to the Coronavirus pandemic we are pleased to note the Government’s announcement on 23 June to allow for the re-opening of museums from 4 July. But as a small charity with limited resources, we are not able to do this immediately. Our number one priority remains the safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers and we will be working through the relevant government guidance to ensure that the museum is COVID-19 safe before we formally re-open. We will publicise our re-opening date and new operating procedures, and the details of when our Heritage Walks can resume on our website and through social media. Thank you for your support.
Please keep checking our website www.belpernorthmill.org.uk and social media for the latest updates.
We look forward to welcoming you to the North Mill in the near future.
Fleet Arts @FleetArts
Fleet Arts is closed until further notice but is continuing with online work.
Strutts centre is closed until further notice.
Heage Windmill is open for flour sales on Sunday 9th, 16th and 23rd August, but there are no tours of the windmill.
Many of the shops and cafes are now re-opening in Darley Abbey. Shoppers are required to wear facecoverings when in store.
The Quad is closed until further notice but has lots of online activities.
Derby Museum and Art Gallery is open from 7th July 2020.
Pickford’s House and the Silk Mill are closed until further notice
From Monday 15th June it is a requirement that you wear masks or face coverings when using public transport.
Derwent Valley Line –
Matlock, Derby Nottingham line – Service will run at reduced frequency with a train every 2 hours rather than normal hourly service. Services will also start slightly later and finish earlier than normal. For latest information on travelling on the Derwent Valley Line see:
Derby Bus station has now re-opened.
Trent Barton Buses announced reduced bus timetable https://news.derby.gov.uk/trent-barton-announce-reduced-service-timetables/
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Discovery Days 2020
Discovery Days 2020 will be a virtual festival this year, and will take place on 9th, 10th and 11th October.
Great Place Scheme
All Great Place Scheme events which were scheduled to take place until the end of August have also been postponed.
If you aren’t getting out and about yet, our wonderful World Heritage Site can still be visited virtually – keep an eye on our Facebook ,Twitter and Instagram feeds or visit our YouTube channel.
You can enjoy some online activities and videos on our Derwent Valley Mills at Home Page here
Many thanks and keep safe.
The DVMWHS Co-ordinating Team