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Wirksworth is a historical market town 4 miles south of Matlock with a population of around 10,000 in Derbyshire, England.

Get in[edit]

Travelling to Wirksworth is easy from most directions. There are regular bus services to and from Bakewell, Matlock, Derby, Ashbourne and Sheffield Meadowhall. The town is 11 miles north of Derby, and 4 miles south of Matlock and is located on the B5023 between Duffield and Cromford.

Get around[edit]

Wirksworth is a small town and as such, it is easy to get around. However, Bolehill and The Haarlem Mill areas are both around 1.5 miles from the town center and it is advisable to get the 6.1 bus to either destinations if you are old or less able to walk. Central Wirksworth is completely walkable.

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There are several attractions around the town, including St. Mary's Church, a large cathedral-like building, the Puzzle Gardens - which are basically a group of small alleyways and jitties in north-west Central Wirksworth. There is a Heritage Center near the central market place. The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway (http://www.e-v-r.com) operates from Wirksworth station, to the east of the town centre. Trains run to and from Duffield, approx 8.5 miles (13.5 Km) to the south, where they connect with mainline Matlock-Derby services. There is also a half-mile (0.8 Km) northern extension to Ravenstor and a foot-path to the National Stone Centre.

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The cultural highlight of the year is the annual Wirksworth Festival in September (from the 6th to the 22nd in 2013). It includes performances and exhibitions, and features the popular Art and Architecture Trail. Free events include the Gig on the Roof outside the Hope and Anchor pub. Go to http://www.wirksworthfestival.co.uk/ for more information.

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  • Peli Deli, 2 St Johns Street Wiksworth (middle of town, park in market square), 07980 694835, [1]. 8-5. Excellent real coffees, specilaity teas, panninies, sandwhiches and cakes; plus deli items such as cheese and salami. Also contemporary art (mostly paintings) on display and for sale. Newspapers to read and decent background music £2-£5 plus.  edit

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  • Marmadukes Derbyshire Holiday Cottage tel 0870 243 0766. Originally built for the 18th Century Industrialist Sir Richard Arkwright, The Coach House is today a self catering holiday cottage in the heart of the historic market town of Wirksworth.

It also has a range of campsites, hotels, youth hostels, and bed and breakfasts to stay in

Get out[edit]

The National Stone Centre (http://www.nationalstonecentre.org.uk/) is situated approx 1 mile (1.6 Km) north of Wirksworth, in a disused quarry, part of which has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The indoor Discovery Centre tells 'The Story of Stone', there are several on- and off-site trails to follow, and the Centre mounts a regular programme of activities and temporary exhibitions.

The nearby Derbyshire Eco Centre (http://www.ecocentreexchange.org.uk/) is open to visitors, and runs a full programme of courses and activities for all ages, including family parties, as part of its programme of education for sustainable development.

The area contains a number of sites of archeological interest, and is near the south-eastern edge of the Peak District National Park.

For a great family day out go to Carsington Water (http://www.carsingtonwater.com), approx 3 miles (4.8 Km) south-west of Wirksworth. In addition to offering water sports and a sailing club, there are walking and cycle routes around the reservoir. Cycle hire and refreshments are available.

Stay Safe[edit]

Wirksworth is located in one of the safest districts in the country. As with all towns, take reasonable precautions at night, especially around the dark alleyways surrounding the town centre.

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