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    Welcome to Wirksworth

    With a thriving arts community, Wirksworth is a magnet for lovers of history and heritage.

    Things to do in Wirksworth

    With its imposing stone buildings and intricate network of narrow lanes, yards and alleys, Wirksworth is one of Derbyshire's prettiest market towns.

    Its fortunes were built on lead mining, quarrying and textiles - introduced by industrial pioneer Sir Richard Arkwright at Haarlem Mill, considered by some to be the mill in George Eliot's novel The Mill on the Floss. Eliot is also thought to have based the fictional town of Snowfield in another novel, Adam Bede, on Wirksworth, and even DH Lawrence lived and wrote here.

    Visitors to Wirksworth are spoilt for choice for things to see and do. The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway operates services from Wirksworth to Duffield running through one of Derbyshire’s most lovely and unspoilt valleys. The spectacular Wirksworth StarDisc – a 21st century stone circle star chart – sits high above the town and illuminates the constellations at night. The National Stone Centre and Mount Cook Adventure Centre lie on the edge of Wirksworth, and in the town itself St. Mary’s Church – one of the finest in the county – is well worth a visit.

    A new award-winning Heritage Centre tells the fascinating stories of Wirksworth and its people, and regular guided walks around the town also leave from here. Like many of the Peak District and Derbyshire's market towns, Wirksworth is perhaps best explored on foot.

    Local traditions include Well Dressing, the ancient ceremony of 'Church Clypping', the annual carnival and well-known Wirksworth Arts Festival each September. This is the time to experience the buzz of street theatre, music, family events and the famous Art & Architectural Trail when more than 150 artists throw open their doors for visitors to browse and buy original and affordable art – also a chance to take a look inside some of the most historical and quirky homes and buildings in Derbyshire!

    In recent years, Wirksworth has gained popularity for its unique and quirky annual Wirksworth Wizarding Day, usually held at the end of October, when visitors can enjoy Harry Potter-themed entertainment and activity.

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    Great British Car Journey

    Boasting a collection of 150+ modern British classics, Great British Car Journey tells the story of the rise and fall of the British motoring…


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    Weathericks and Bradstone

    Two charming 5-star cottages set in beautiful countryside with spectacular views over Carsington Water on the edge of the Peak District National…


    Alport Heights

    A popular picnic site and local landmark with extensive views of the Derwent and Ecclesbourne Valleys.


    Black Rocks

    This popular walking and climbing area has attractive circuit walks through adjoining woods, provided in cooperation with the Forestry Commission.


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    Walker Peak Cottages

    Our 2 bedroom, dog friendly cottage located down a quiet lane in Wirksworth is an ideal base for a Peak District stay.


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    Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

    The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway is a 9 mile heritage railway running both steam and diesel hauled trains.


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    Activities at High Peak Trail & Middleton Top…

    Discover the fascinating heritage of one of the world's first long-distance railways.


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    Le Mistral

    Wirksworth's very own award-winning French-inspired bistro and wine shop.


    Carsington Water

    Carsington Water has everything you need for a great day out - and best of all most facilities are free!


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    Mount Cook Adventure Centre

    A not-for-profit activity centre on the edge of the Peak District


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    The National Stone Centre

    Telling the story of stone; the National Stone Centre (NSC) is a 40 acre site on the edge of the Peak District featuring 330 million year old…


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    Wirksworth Heritage Centre

    A fascinating Derbyshire town on the southern edge of the Peak District, where the geology and landscape have shaped its character and its people for…


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    Events in Wirksworth

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    Wirksworth Model Railway Exhibition with …

    The popular Wirksworth Model Railway Exhibition organised by the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Association is back spread across three venues in the…


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    Wirksworth Wizarding Day

    We invite you to a unique experience inspired by the wizarding world of Harry Potter this Wizards Day


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    Wirksworth Wizarding Day at Ecclesbourne Valley…

    Travel to Wirksworth Wizarding Day in style on board our popular Wizarding Specials.


    Trails nearby

    Matlock to Bonsall Walk

    This beautiful 4.3 mile route from the bus stop takes you out across open countryside on field paths to the pretty village of Bonsall, offering…


    Wirksworth Circular Walk

    Starting and ending at the trentbarton Sixes bus stop in the historic market town of Wirksworth, this lovely walk takes you through some of the most…


    The Peak District GeoWalk

    The GeoWalk is a must for rock enthusiasts guiding you through the stunning Peak District landscape and rock formations.


    A Stroll along Cromford Canal

    A walk along the old canal tow path on the five mile stretch through the Derwent Valley between Ambergate and Cromford passing through the village of…


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