Corona Virus Update
(updated 15 June 2021)
CORONA VIRUS UPDATE FROM THE SITES
As Government advice continues to evolve in relation to the corona virus 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 now emerging from national lockdown and places are beginning to open in a Covid-19 secure way. Social distancing, face coverings and other Government advice should be followed when visiting the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.
Please follow any 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
The mill yard is now open between 10am and 5pm daily. The cafes at Cromford Mills are open for takeaways or to sit inside. The Cheese Shop and other retail shops are open. Events and markets are back on – see our What’s On page. Guided tours, including the Arkwright Experience are open – book tickets here.
Birdswood remains closed for now.
High Peak Junction car park is open – parking charges apply. Do not try to park if car parks are full and please pay attention to signage around the site.
Toilet facilities are open with additional cleaning in place.
The Visitor Centre kiosk is open to offer take away refreshments. Please check opening times.
Hire of all-terrain mobility scooters at High Peak Junction is not available – the narrowness of the towpath means it’s not possible to socially distance.
Cycle hire at Middleton Top Cycle Hire on the High Peak Trail opens on 1st April 2021.
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.
Opening and steaming dates have resumed on certain dates. For more information see the Countryside brochure.
Booking is essential on 01629 533298. Charges: £5.00 per person.
Saturday 3rd July static
Sunday 4th July in steam
Saturday 7th August static
Sunday 8th August in steam
Sunday 29th August in steam
Monday 30th August in steam
Saturday 18th September in steam
Sunday 19th September in steam
Saturday 9th October in steam
Sunday 10th October in steam
Sunday 24th October static
Sunday 31st October static
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 ruins 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.
Shops are now open in Cromford Village. Shoppers will be required to wear face coverings when in stores.
BELPER TOWN CENTRE
Shoppers will need to wear face-coverings 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 outdoors, and should keep pavements clear and not congregate in groups.
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 Museum is now open to welcome visitors, 11am to 4pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. You can book a tour here. Sunday Heritage Walks are going ahead and you can read more about them and how to book here.
Please see their website or Facebook page.
Following the latest Government advice, Strutts Centre opened on Monday 17th of May 2021 for groups that are able to meet the guideline criteria.
Currently, this includes groups relating to child care, mental health and well being support, restricted groups of up to 6 or 2 households indoors, or a maximum of 30 people outdoors and those that operate a business from our premises. We will continue to monitor the rules regarding restricted groups and will announce any future changes to the regulations that apply.
The government guidelines are subject to review, but as always, the safety and confidence of customers and volunteers are our main priority. We can only accept bookings that meet the criteria and, crucially, that we have volunteer availability in place.
Please start to request bookings by email to Reception@strutts.org.uk from now on. You will need to comply with our revised terms and conditions and special Covid risk assessments that are in place. Details can be obtained via our reception if you do not already have a copy. Once you confirm these are in place, and we can ensure appropriate volunteer cover, you will receive email confirmation from Strutts that your event or activity can go ahead.
Strutts will continue to request that all visitors will need to be wearing face coverings (unless exempt), follow a one way system, sanitise hands regularly, use the track and trace system and maintain social distancing till further notice, possibly throughout the year.
The Heage Windmill site reopened to the public on Sunday 30th and Monday 31st May. We are unable to offer our popular tours of the inside of the windmill but invite you to enjoy a picnic on our site whilst the sails are turning (wind conditions permitting) and enjoy the superb view towards the Derwent Valley.
These events are free but must be pre-booked. You can reserve a picnic table (seating up to 4) for an hour starting at 11am, 12.30pm or 2pm whichever suits you best. Please bring your own refreshments as, unfortunately, we will be unable to provide any onsite. An optional free 15-minute talk by one of our friendly and knowledgeable guides will be available, our wonderful stoneground flour will be on sale and, if dry, a Bric-a-Brac stall will invite your perusal. Donations for the windmill’s upkeep (we get no direct funding) will be gratefully received on the day.
Heage Windmill has been approved by the Visit England ‘We’re Good To Go’ scheme providing you with the surety that Covid-19 safety measures are in place. Areas will be thoroughly cleaned prior to the new groups’ arrival.
To book a picnic table simply call Lynn on 07973 548551 or 01773 715177. We will require your name and contact details. Further picnic events should be available each Sunday throughout June. Details about further events will be announced in due course.
We look forward to welcoming you to Heage Windmill – a unique piece of history in a beautiful setting.
Shops are now open in Darley Abbey. Shoppers are required to wear face coverings when in store.
QUAD is now open, but you should read their guidance here on their Welcoming You Back Page.
Derby Museum and Art Gallery sites opened on Tuesday 18th May. Pickford’s House will remain closed for now.
The Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill opened on Friday 21st May. Entry to the Museum is free but, due to current Covid restrictions, visitors need to pre-book timed tickets for general admission. Find out more here.
The Museum is currently closed to visitors – see their website here.
TRANSPORT: CORONA VIRUS UPDATE
It is still a requirement that you wear masks or face coverings when using public transport.
DERWENT VALLEY LINE –
Matlock, Derby Nottingham line – for up-to-date information, please see our Getting Here page
Derby Bus station has now re-opened.
For Trent Barton Buses timetable see: https://news.derby.gov.uk/trent-barton-announce-reduced-service-timetables/
Please email email@example.com if you have any updates on your venues to be included here.
Great Place Scheme
All Great Place Scheme events which were scheduled to take place 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