Wirksworth Carnival ​& Well Dressings

SPRING BANK HOLIDAY Weekend 27th - 29th May 2017

Welcome to Wirksworth

​Wirksworth is one of the oldest towns nestled in the

Peak District, with a population of over 9000. 

Historically known for its lead mining and textile industries Wirksworth is home to many historic buildings. 


Local Attractions


Situated approx. 13 miles North of Derby and 4 miles from Matlock, Wirksworth's historic Market town is a place of history and fantastic Peak District Countryside. 


Placed up the road from Cromford and down the road from Middleton,  the area has many footpaths taking you through the beautiful countryside of Derbyshire. 


Wirksworth has its own playground and skate park, a leisure centre offering numerous activities, Ecclesbourne Railway and Peak Rail using heritage diesel and steam engines, the High Peak trail covering 15 miles; ideal for cycling and walking alongside the stunning panoramic views, the National Stone Centre and the Eco centre. Carsington is just up the road, offering water sports, an adventure playground, cycling and walking.


Check out the Town Links for more places to visit.


The Story of Wirksworth


Wirksworth holds its history at its core, prospering through Medieval times, giving rise to a fine 13th Century church, replacing a Norman one, which in turn had replaced a Saxon church.


Limestone quarrying and lead mining have been the town's industry for many years with, the Dale and Greenhill hosting many old cottages and houses of lead merchants. 


One of which a magnificent Jacobean house, formerly a workhouse, known as Babbington house. The town also has an original coach house built by Sir Richard Arkwright, which is now a holiday cottage.


Wirksworth is steeped in history, the Wirksworth Heritage Centre showcases the story of Wirksworth through Roman and lead mining to the Modern era. 


Maps of the area and further information can be found on the Wirksworth.net or via the Town Council websites.