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)
I am reliably informed that Matlock Bath is very popular with bikers – there was certainly a lot of them parked up outside the pub!
Aside from the beautiful walks and river, Heights of Abraham was the main attraction for me, (you might remember I am rather fond of a cable car) situated on a historic mining site – you start with the cable car ride up the Masson Hill.
If you’re thinking that cable car ride has some impressive views, you would be right…
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 Boon’s embarrassment)
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)
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.