A DAY AT MATLOCK BATH, DERBYSHIRE

It can be quite hard sometimes to find a place to go day tripping that is a little romantic… but Matlock Bath is certainly one of them.

The drive there is picturesque in itself, but once you get there, it really is rather beautiful (on a practical note I’d suggest parking at the edge of town and walking in)

Matlock Bath

 

Matlock Bath

 

Aside from the beautiful walks and river, Heights of Abraham was the main attraction for me, situated on a historic mining site – you start with the cable car ride up the Masson Hill.

 

Matlock Bath

 

If you’re thinking that cable car ride has some impressive views, you would be right…

 

Matlock Bath

 

The viewing tower is impressive – but please don’t try to come up the tiny narrow staircase when people are coming down… there is a great system of common sense in place, where we all wait our turn – and it’s actually quite dangerous if you don’t! A point I made to the family trying to pass rather than wait 30 seconds. (much to Phil’s embarrassment)

 

Matlock Bath

 

Matlock Bath

 

You must take the tour of the caves – it is beautiful and very interesting – but there are quite a few steps (my unfit self was able to manage it, so most people will be fine,  but it certainly wouldn’t be suitable if you have any issues with walking)

 

Matlock Bath

 

What is it about a big No Entry sign that makes me want to go through the door.  I’m such a little rebel!

 

Matlock Bath

 

Matlock Bath

 

We spent a bit of time, just wandering around and enjoying the view…

 

Matlock Bath

Matlock Bath

We had lunch in the restaurant, which was a modestly priced and very tasty panini and chips and of course an impressive view.

All in all a great day out that I would highly recommend. You can find out more about Heights of Abraham here. And more about Matlock Bath here.

1 Comment

  • Rachel says:

    I love Matlock Bath, we live about six miles away and when we go we always have a sense of being at the seaside. I haven’t been in the cable cars for years, I had forgotten what magnificent views there are. 🙂

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