Pet-friendly cottages & accommodation in Matlock, Derbyshire
Matlock is a Derbyshire town at the southeastern edge of the Peak District. Head to town for a dog-friendly holiday, it has many wayfaring prospects in the surrounding area. It is a transport hub and base for visitors wishing to explore the Derbyshire Dales and the Peak District National Park. Former mills and foundry ruins dot the surrounding hills reminding visitors of the role the town played in the industrial revolution. Matlock also had a reputation as a spa-town in the 19th century; one of the town’s former hydro buildings still remain, Smedley’s Hydro. John Smedley was a well-established clothing manufacturer in his day, and he was instrumental in keeping Matlock on the map and the town owes much of its standing to the man and his work.
Matlock has many handy shops, made up of independents and high street favourites. You will also be pleased to see that the choice of eateries is interesting; pick from gastropubs, exotic restaurants with Chinese, Indian, Italian and even Sri Lankan choices all represented, fine dining prospects and the good old chippies. There is even a food and drink festival each June in the town, so take your hound down there for a sniff.
Matlock sits on the banks of the River Derwent, where you and your furry four-legged buddy can enjoy scampering about and a game of fetch. See if your pooch looks being on the water when you hire a rowing boat on the lake in the award-winning town park Hall Leys Park. It is one of five public parks located along the stretch of the River Derwent leading out to the neighbouring village of Matlock Bath. When night falls in September and October you can enjoy Matlock Bath illuminations, or head to the historical Sir Richard Arkwright’s Cromford Mills, the former home of the UK’s first fireworks factory. Most years, on Bonfire Night, there is a fireworks fiesta to mark the fact!
Since the 18th century, the exceptionally beautiful landmark, the Heights of Abraham, has been drawing in visitors. Quite rightly, it’s a spectacular choice for an active day trip. Cable cars can ferry you up to the peak of the gigantic limestone outcrops that tower over the village. Dogs are welcome to accompany you onto the cars too. For the more intrepid and able, you can reach the top of the Heights of Abraham via a network of winding paths through woodlands before they recede to reveal breathtaking views across the Derbyshire countryside. Once you have arrived at the top, you can visit the show caverns of Masson and Rutland. Unfortunately, dogs aren’t permitted on to the cavern tours at the Heights of Abraham, but there are plenty more dog owners to get embroiled in at the top. If you love a great photo opportunity, seek out Prospect Tower and Tinker’s Shaft. Nearby, you'll also find the pretty town of Bakewell, another of the Peak District's most popular destinations and also home of the Bakewell tart.
Stay at a dog-friendly self-catering cottage in Matlock on your next holiday to the Peak District. We have some wonderful pet-friendly accommodation to choose from that you and your doggy will absolutely love.