River Derwent, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire
Grid reference SK 296587
Nearby Postcode DE4 3RT
The Matlock Slalom
is held on the River Derwent, which runs along the A6 between Matlock and
Matlock Bath. The division 2/3 slalom is held annually in April, when the river
is usually still high enough to present an enjoyable challenge for all paddlers.
The river can be accessed at all times of year
from the car park at Artistís Corner, about a mile south of Matlock. The river
meanders gently down to the slalom site beside the "Colour Works" on the A6.
Below the bridge, the river falls down a slight
rapid with good breakouts to right and left. The first challenge is presented by
the rock "Killer" which lurks in the middle of the riverÖ no problem if you
avoid eye contact! The course design will undoubtedly contain some tricky move
around the rock, but allow scope for the more wary paddler to take an
The course then progresses across another flat
stretch of water before a second small drop at the bottom of the course. The
water here changes depending on the riverís mood, but the course will usually
involve a surf across the "friendly" stopper.
This stretch of grade 2 rapids should provide
the opportunity to demonstrate your white water skills, but may not be the best
place for your first div 3 event, especially after a period of heavy rain.
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moving water, giving some eddy-lines, but not enough to worry paddlers; and with
at the most one small drop which paddlers simply have to run down.
current, sharper eddy-lines, some drops that can be intimidating, possible to
set crosses on small waves, often rocky.
Even courses that are usually easy can become
dangerous in exceptional high water conditions. If in doubt, seek advice or stay
off the water.
POSTCODES: Bits of river don't really have
postcodes: we show the one for the nearest address we can trace. Putting these
into your satnav should get you somewhere near the site, but you might find yourself Ĺ km away,
and even on the wrong side of the river. If you can offer a better postcode for
any of the courses, email it to