Rowsley lies between Matlock and Bakewell where the rivers Wye and Derwent meet and is the eastern gateway to the Peak District National Park, with the park’s boundary running straight through the middle of the village. The oldest part of Rowsley dates from the seventeenth century and many of the houses still belong to the Haddon Estate, including the former dower house for Haddon Hall, built in 1652 and now the Peacock Hotel.
The village is home to Caudwell’s Mill, a Grade II listed historic flour mill which is powered by water from the river Wye. A mill has stood here for over 400 years and although at present the main building is closed the site houses a craft centre with workshops including a silversmith, art gallery, florist, stained glass maker and a blacksmith.
Also in Rowsley is Peak Village, a shopping complex which has recently been taken over by the Chatsworth Estate and now boasts Chatsworth Kitchen, a lovely daytime restaurant and shop as well as a number of other great retail outlets.
There is an off-road cycle path from Rowsley to Matlock with a planned extension to link up with the nearby Monsal Trail and we have secure cycle storage at the Old Station House if you want to bring your bicycles.
Rowsley’s pub, The Grouse and Claret, is just down the road from The Old Station House and has an extensive menu. East Lodge Events, a popular wedding venue, is just across the road. The Peacock at Rowsley has both a restaurant and bar serving food, both open to non-residents.
Just outside the village is Rowsley South station, home to Peak Rail which runs steam heritage passenger trains to Matlock Riverside most weekends during the year as well as some weekdays in the summer. The walk along the river Derwent to Rowsley South is just 3/4 of a mile and the wildflowers in the spring are spectacular.
Rowsley’s Well Dressing is usually at the very end of June and beginning of July.