I’ve been writing a lot more about my local area recently, because I really love where I live. So to show you just how awesome my home town is I thought I would share 23 reasons why Matlock, Derbyshire is the best place to live.

Let me know if you agree and if you’re from Matlock tell me in the comments what I’ve missed.

23 Reasons why Matlock is the Best Place to Live

The Peak District is on our doorstep

Literally! You can walk to the edge of the Peak District in under an hour or drive there in 10 minutes. We’re so close we practically are the Peak District…

But we aren’t quite in the Peak District

Which means we don’t quite have the same levels of tourism (in a good way!) And don’t have the same restrictions for planning.

22 reasons Matlock is the best place to live

So House prices are lower

And because we aren’t quite in the Peak District National Park you can get a lot more for your money here. Well for now… as when everyone reads this post people are going to flock to move to Matlock! Right?

Views of Riber Castle from almost every corner of the town

I love Riber Castle. I’ve got a fab view from one of our windows and can almost always look up and see ‘Arkright’s Folly’ sitting proud on the hill. I dream of winning the lottery and turning this currently empty property into a blissful retreat, but for now I will just enjoy it from afar like everyone else.

Views of Riber Castle from Matlock - why Matlock is the best place to live

And so many countryside walks on our doorstep

I have discovered soo many walks in Matlock during lockdown. Lots of fab loop walks starting and ending in town from 1 mile to 12 miles. The scenery is out of this world. You may as well be in the Peak District. Rolling hills for miles, castle views, waterfalls and more.

22 reasons why Matlock is the best place to live

The absolute best cake at Butterfingers

I couldn’t write a blog about the best things about Matlock and not mention Butterfingers and their epic cakes. So much choice and every one delicious.

The best places to eat and drink in Matlock - Butterfingers Cafe

And insane freakshakes at Matterhatter

Not for the feint hearted these freakshakes are seriously insane. Milkshakes loaded with sweet treats, sauces, cakes and more. Make sure you don’t eat lunch first!

We have our very own brilliant Radio Station

ALL the love for Radio Free Matlock! Amazing shows for all music tastes with updates on what’s happening locally too. During lockdown 1 Ash and Lucie did the best morning show, keeping us all sane and bringing the community together during such a weird time.

Radio Free Matlock - Reasons Matlock is the best place to live
Photo from Ashley Bird from Radio Free Matlock

Micropubs for all ale interests

The Newsroom, the Farmacy and more. There are plenty of pubs and bars serving a range of local ales.

and the tastiest cocktails at Monk Bar

Or if beer isn’t your thing, Matlock has you covered. Monk Bar does the best cocktails for miles, better than the many I’ve tried in London I’d say. A huge list of delicious cocktails. My favourite is the Porn Star Martini.

the best bar in Matlock - Monk Bar

Waterfalls and Pools at Lumsdale Falls

We are so lucky to have so many waterfalls just short walks from town. Not least the famous Lumsdale Falls. Currently closed off, but you can still see most of the falls from the side of the road and I am sure they will open again soon.

Lumsdale Falls in Matlock - Reasons why Matlock is the best place to live

An award winning park

You can’t mention Matlock and not talk about our yearly award winning park, Hall Leys Park. The park has won 12 consecutive Green Flag Awards making it one of the best parks in the UK. It has tennis courts, a bowling green, a children’s boating lake, a miniature railway, a cafe and the list goes on. Really one of the best parks I know.

Matlock's award winning park Hall Leys in Autumn

and a seaside resort (without the sea) down the road

Matlock Bath is just down the road and known as the seaside resort miles from the sea. Walk along ‘the promenade’ and you will find fish and chip shops, arcades, sweetie shops selling sticks of rock and other things you’d expect at the seaside. But only a river to sit beside. It’s another really popular destination with loads of fun activities for kids and adults alike.

We have bookshops!

For a small town I think we do quite well for bookshops. I’ve recently shared the best bookshops in Matlock and Cromford and also a post on the best bookshops with cafes in Derbyshire. So both in and around Matlock we have you covered if you’re a book lover!

The best bookshop in Matlock - Toy Stories

And lots of fab places to eat

Whether its fine dining at Stones, tapas at the Remarkable Hare or fish and chips in the park Matlock has lots of restaurants and cafes to serve your taste buds. Here are a few of the best places to eat and drink in Matlock.

Best places to eat and drink in Matlock - The Remarkable Hare
Tapas / small plates at The Remarkable Hare

And lots of amazing Independent shops

There are so many lovely independent shops in Matlock. From interior design, to gifts to music and more. I did almost all my Christmas shopping in Matlock this year and feel so lucky to be able to do that. Long live the independent shops!

We have a lido just down the road in Matlock Bath

The more I share about our awesome lido down the road in Matlock Bath, the more I realise how lucky we are to have it. So many lidos have shut down since they first became popular back in the 20s and 30s. The New Bath Hotel lido is an absolute dream place to swim. Natural geo-thermal spring water with chlorine. Love it there.

The New Bath Hotel Lido on a summers Day in Matlock Bath

and a raft race that happens every boxing day!

Matlock’s raft race has been taking place for over 47 years. It takes place on boxing day morning each year raising money for the RNLI. It’s raised over £200,000 in its time and whatever the weather people turn out in fancy dress with amazing boats and lots of fun is had all round!

We have our very own train station

There aren’t many small towns with their own train station these days. Our little station takes you to Derby, Nottingham and even Newark almost every hour.

and can be in London in 2.5 hours.

I used to commute to London every week and this train station certainly helped. When you time the connection in Derby you really can be at St Pancras station in London in under 2.5 hours from Matlock. On a good run you can drive to London in that time too.

or can enjoy a heritage steam train to Rowsley

If you’re not interested in the big city you can head the other way on our old steam train. The Heritage Railway takes you to Rowsley on an original steam train. You can even book a luxury meal for your journey.

We’re also under an hour from three major cities

If trains aren’t your thing you can drive to Derby, Nottingham and Sheffield in under an hour. Perfect if you work in one of the cities. Manchester is just over an hour too and ‘just’ about commutable. With the future of office work being people working from home more, you get the best of both worlds. A countryside, small town home and the big city vibes a short drive away.

and minutes from some of the most beautiful scenery of the UK.

But back to where I started. The Peak District being just down the road is definitely my favourite part of living in Matlock. As lockdown eases I am so excited to enjoy more walks and pub lunches in the Peak District.

Have I missed out any reasons why Matlock is the best place to live?

Let me know if I have missed anything off in the comments below. I am sure there are loads more reasons why Matlock is the best place to live!

23 reasons why Matlock is the best place to live

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2 Comments

  1. Matlock is a friendly, community minded town that has responded to the Covid crisis by developing social support and food banks.n

    • Jen Lowthrop Reply

      Oo yes I definitely should have added that. It was great to see everyone coming together during the pandemic. Long may it continue.

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