Events | HCS Day Trip to National Stone Centre, Cromford Mills and Matlock

Huddersfield Civic Society
Jul 14

HCS Day Trip to National Stone Centre, Cromford Mills and Matlock

14th Jul 2018 08:30

Coach pick-up point - lay-by outside the former Kirklees College building on New North Road, Huddersfield

A chance to enjoy a full days outing comprising a guided tour of the National Stone Centre at Wirksworth, a tour of Cromford Mills, internationally recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and ending in the attractive town of Matlock.

The coach pick up point will be the lay-by outside the former Kirklees College building on New North Road at 8.30amarriving at the National Stone Centre at approximately 10.15.

Set within six former limestone quarries the National Stone Centre (NSC) is a 40 acre Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its geological formations, offering activities for those with an interest in geology, history, ecology and the industrial past. A guide will take us along the Geo-Trail where we will discover 320 million-year-old fossils, an ancient reef, quarries, the Millennium Wall, lime kilns and lead mines. The trail lasts about an hour and covers approx. 500m along undulating paths. Please wear sensible shoes. There is a Visitor Centre with shop, café and “Building Britain” exhibition. Coffee/tea and biscuits are included in the cost for the day.

From here it is only a few minutes to Cromford Mills, the home of Sir Richard Arkwright’s first mill complex, birthplace of the modern factory system. What happened here in the 1770’s changed the world we live in and today the site hosts a variety of visitor attractions, shops, cafes, exhibitions, and galleries.

Our tour guide will take us on an introductory tour of the main mill complex where Sir Richard pioneered the world’s first successful water powered cotton spinning mill. We will hear about the secrets of Sir Richard Arkwright’s work, why he chose Cromford and the revolutionary techniques he used to make it an international success. The tour lasts approximately one hour. We will also meet Sir Richard himself in the “Arkwright Experience” where CGI technology brings the great man to life as he tells us of his inventions, money and espionage.

Lunch is not included but there are catering facilities on site or bring your own sandwiches to eat by the canal side.

We end the day in Matlock, driving via the attractive Derwent Valley through Matlock Spa. Take a stroll along the River Derwent which is slap-bang in the middle of town, relax in Hall Leys Park with its attractive floral displays, cafe, bowling green & boating lake or explore some stylish shops including some great antique shops. If you’re peckish, there’s a great range of cafes and delis.

The cost for the day is just £26.00 per person. The coach returns at 5.00pm reaching Huddersfield at about 6.45pm.

Please join us and bring your friends and families.

The above can be booked through the HCS Treasurer, telephone: 01484 537080; email: mj.barron@btinternet.com.