Things to see and do
Wirksworth is described as "the gem in the Peaks". Almost completely surrounded by hills and within easy reach of magnificent scenery, it has many features of interest, including the heritage centre and an enthusiasts railway line, which takes visitors on the journey down the lovely Ecclesbourne Valley. Just up the road, the National Stone Centre is crammed with tropical reefs, rocks and minerals, as well as centuries of industrial heritage. It even offers dry stone wall courses!
Wirksworth was the centre of the lead mining industry, dating back to Roman time. It has a fascinating industrial heritage, which can be seen at the Wirksworth Heritage Centre. St Mary's church nestles in a cathedral like precinct at the centre of the town. Festivals include Well Dressing (started in 1827) and an Arts and Architecture festival in September.
Wirksworth is a thriving market town, with great facilities, including 2 butchers, bakeries, a chemist, toyshop, 2 banks (with ATMs) and some marvellous tea rooms, takeaways and restaurants. There are a number of pubs to choose from.
There are a number of beautiful walks from Wirksworth and around the town itself, including the winding passages known as the Puzzles.
Wirksworth is situated 5 miles from Matlock and Carsington Water and less than 2 miles from the High Peak Trail and the Peak District National Park.
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