The Matlock hillside has some cracking pubs to visit. We're lucky enough to have a steady pub-crawl route starting from the Laburnum Inn at the top of the hill, routing along the hill before plunging into town.
Great for sociable walkers, stag/hen do, pub crawl.
Laburnum Inn, 2 Hackney Road, DE4 2PW
This is the starting gate for the Downhiller. Start with a great selection of local cask and craft ales, and limber up with the best view from the beer garden. Ease yourself into the day and then set off sampling the pubs along, across, and down the hillside.
Sycamore Inn, 9 Sycamore Rd, Matlock DE4 3HZ
Leave the Laburnum and with your back to the pub turn left. At the junction turn right and walk down Farley Hill. At the bottom of this short hill, turn left onto Smedley Street. Walk for 5 minutes, approx 1/4 mile. The second right turn is Sycamore road and the pub is on the right hand side.
Thorn Tree Inn, 48 Jackson Rd, Matlock DE4 3JQ
With your back to the pub turn left, at the T-junction turn right along Smedley street.
At the crossroads, turn left and it is a short ascent up John Street. At the top turn right onto Jackson Road. 300m and it's on your left.
Farmacy, 76 Smedley Street, Matlock, DE4 3JJ
With your back to the Thorntree turn left along Jackson road. At the crossroads turn right (downhill) onto Smith road, at the bottom turn left back onto Smedley Street. Follow it for 200m and the pub is on your left at the crossroad with Bank Road.
Newsroom, 75-77 Smedley St E, Matlock DE4 3FQ
Turn left as you come out the door from the Farmacy, cross Bank Road onto Smedley Street East. 50m along the road and the Newsroom is on your right.
Onwards into 'town'
Back to the pub, turn left and return to Bank Road, Follow it all the way to the bottom. You're now in Crown Square and the end of the Downhiller. Congratulations! The train station and bus station are close at hand. Want another drink? From this point, you're on your own. The options are to either turn right for bars or cross the bridge in front of you and then left onto Dale Road for bars and restaurants.