Walk down the path that follows the train line in Matlock Bath and soon you will come across the entrance to the cable car that will whisk you to the top of the Heights of Abraham. Once you pay at the booth (an extortionate £27 for two adults), you can board the cable car and the ride only takes a few minutes, stopping halfway up so you can take photos of the landscape. The views in this area of Derbyshire are stunning, especially those of the High Tor and the hilltop Riber Castle. You will want to take a few photos given the price of the trip! Once you arrive at the Heights of Abraham, there is not really a lot to do in my opinion. My travel companion wimped out of going down the mines and perhaps this is the main reason to visit as entry for a guided tour of the Great Masson Mine is included in the ticket price. Other than that, there is a small gift shop and restaurant/cafe, as well as a fossil exhibition and a children's play area. Nothing too exciting so if you don't fancy a trip into the mines, I would question whether it is really worthwhile taking the cable car up to the top.
For some photos of the views from the cable car, see my travelogue! :)
The war memorial on Matlock Bath's promenade was unveiled on the 21st May 1921 to remember those lives lost during the First World War. The names of local soldiers who were killed in action in both World Wars are listed on the memorial. The memorial features a statue of a soldier and a sailor and is inscribed with the phrase: 'He lives in fame that dies in virtues cause'. The location of the memorial is very pleasant and you cannot miss it as you walk the riverside promenade.
This little bridge crosses the River Derwent in Matlock Bath. The iron bridge was built in 1887 and joins the Lovers Walk to the promenade. Sadly it is currently in a bit of a shoddy state. There were plans to restore the bridge to its former Victorian splendour but internet searches suggest that this process has fallen through. It would be a shame if the bridge had to be pulled down if it fell into disrepair so hopefully the investment to fund its restoration will come in soon.
Just so you know, the cafe's and fish & chip shops all compete for your custom. You will generally find there is a slight price difference depending which cafe you choose and what you order.
I counted at least 8 fish & chip shops on the main street! They are all close together and have different offers. Have a look at a few of the offers, I'm sure you'll find a cheaper version than the first chippy you look in.
Some also offer 'mini' meals. These are great for children and those who don't like to or can't eat much.
If you come from the Train station or the main car park, you will walk out onto the main high street. Looking to your left you will see what seems like an endless row of shops on the right side and a river runs along the left side of the street.
It's really nice to see lush green hills in the background to this lovely little village.
It's an uphill walk (not steep) to explore the shops and cafes and resturants.
Approx. half way up the street on the river side is a bridge. If you cross the bridge and turn to your right, a little walk away is a children's playground. If you turn to your left after crossing the bridge, there are lovely walks to explore.
Along this street, there are a lot more cafes and sweet shops than any other kind of shops. On a warm sunny day. It's great to choose a cafe, sit outside and people watch whilst enjoying the weather and beautiful surroundings.
Great fun for children young and old!
There are 2p game machines, 10p game machines, game machines where you can win toys, money and sweets.
There are small rides for little children and the arcades are very brightly coloured with flashing lights and most of the games machines have sound effects.
There are a few arcades along the main high street in Matlock Bath, so take your pick!!
Located in the town centre of Matlock, Hall Leys Park is a well laid out green space which sits alongside the River Derwent. It offers a great opportunity as there are many activities including putting greens, outdoor table tennis tables (permanent), tennis court, paddling pool, boating lake (see separate tip here), as well as a bandstand, cafe and skate park.
Hall Leys Park is a traditional Victorian public park which received its fourth Green Flag Award in July 2011, making if one of the best in the UK. It celebrated its centenary year in 2011.
Hall Leys Park is the venue for some of the town's regular events including farmers markets, visiting "Continental" markets and the Matlock Victorian Christmas Weekend, held annually on the first weekend of December.
Located within Hall Leys Park in the centre of Matlock, Matlock Boats is a fun opportunity for adults and children alike.
The boating lake has several small islands, which are home to a large number of birds, including moorhens and ducks. Matlock Boats are the longest running pleasure boats in the country.
Boats accommodate up to 2 adults and one child under 5 years and are available for hire at a cost of £3.50 for 7 minutes (prices accurate at July 2012).
OPENING HOURS :
Weekends, Bank Holidays and School Holidays
March : 11:00 - 16:00
April to September : 11:00 - 17:00
October : 11:00 - 16:00
The Chatsworth House garden's cover a huge area, so be prepared for plenty of walking and taking plenty of time to see everything. The garden covers 105 acre's, is 450 year's old and still continues to change!
I had no chance of seeing all of it, but I did see the famous waterworks including the 300 year old Cascade, and the enormous gravity-fed Emperor fountain. I didn't see the huge maze, the rockery and the rose, cottage and kitchen gardens. There is over five miles of walks with rare trees, shrubs, streams and ponds to discover.
What I did see of the garden was beautiful and I wished I had more time, but I didn't!
Once again, you need a whole day to visit the house and garden's.
Now I am going to head into Chatsworth, the home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.
This home has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family.
A BIG PLUS PHOTO'S ARE ALLOWED!
Where to begin! Chatsworth House would be about the best I had seen with my British Heritage Pass. There is everything you expect in a house like this, and more, it was incredible!
There are 30 room's to see.
On display is one of the finest private art collections, from Old to modern. There are fabulous room's, like the First Duke's Painted Hall & lavish State Apartments with their richly decorated ceilings, to the 19th century Library, Chatsworth House Great Dining Room and Sculpture Gallery.
What about the four Royal throne's, the magnificent Painted Hall, the family-used chapel, newly restored Sketch Galleries and beautiful Sculpture Gallery, and then the Guest Bedrooms and so much more, you really will have to come and see for yourself, too much for me to remember!
When we were nearly at the House, we had to cross a lovely old arched Bridge which is over the River Derwent. The bridge date's to the 18th century and has statue's along the side.
From here, it was up the hill, where a parking attendant takes £2 for all day parking. The car park was fairly full, this must be a popular house!
Toilet's are located near the entrance, and even they were something to see!
Now, it was time to make our way to the entrance and pay our admission fee's.
HOUSE & GARDEN..Adult (winter season) £13.00
Please check the website for summer prices as they are not available yet.
The house will re-open on 11 March 2012
11am-5.30pm (4.30pm last admission
The garden will re-open on 11 March 2012....11am-6pm (5pm last admission)
Perhaps before I go any further, I should mention that I could have easily spent a FULL DAY at Chatsworth House & Park.
I had quite a bit of time, and saw an immense part of the house and property, but to see everything, I needed more time!
Just the Park alone covers about 1,000 acres and is open to the public free of charge all year-round, except for the south-east section, known as the Old Park, which is not open since it is used for breeding by the herds of red and fallow deer.
We saw quite a few fat Sheep grazing in the park, many of which belong to tenant farmers or smallholders, who use the park for summer grazing.
The River Derwent flows through the Park, and we had to cross over it to reach Chatsworth House.
People were strolling alongside the River, and other's had blanket's spread out on the grass and were picnicing, it was so tranquill and beautiful!
View's where-ever I looked were lovely, low rolling hills and fat White sheep, and then Chatsworth House sitting on higher piece of land overlooking the lot, what a good start to the day.
We didn't have time to fit this in our schedule, which was a pity, so I had to be content seeing the cable car's heading to the top!
They were going to the Heights of Abraham on an alpine style cable car system. You are meant to have stunning views of the Derwent Valley and surrounding Peak District, I can well imagine this!
It was once a Regency pleasure garden, now reached by cable car from the station at Matlock Bath.
From what I read, your admission ticket cover's nearly everything but food and drink's.
At the top there are guided tours of caverns, three altogether.
For the children, an adventure playground, and plenty of walk's.
Food is available at the top.
OUR OPENING TIMES FOR 2012
11 February - 19 February...Daily 10 am to 4.30 pm
25 February - 18 March Weekends Only
24 March - 4 November...Daily 10 am to 4.30 pm
ADMISSION IN 2012....Adult £13.00 Child (under 5’s FREE - 1 per adult £9.00
Hall Leys Park is a beautiful formal Edwardian park alongside the River Derwent in Matlock town centre.
The Park was a picture with lots of Summer flower's!
For me, it was a beaut place to rest my feet after my walk. I imagine it would be very popular, as the facilitie's are incredible!
People can play miniature golf, there's a miniature railway for the children, bowls, a children's play area complete with paddling pool and a small boating lake.
They are in the proceeds of building a skate park and a new wet and dry playground.
The park hosts an arts festival, Matlock Live, every June and the Matlock Victorian Christmas Weekend on the first weekend of December.
Toilet's are located at the Park.
It's easy to buy food from the cafe,and I saw a lovely clock tower and bandstand.
OPEN ALL THE TIME AND FREE
I came across this War Memorial as I was walking the Town Promenade.
It was a rather nice, and was located in a park beside the River Derwent.
"He lives in fame that dies in virtue's cause"
is the inscription, and then the names of 179 men who died in the Great War of 1914 -19, and 45 more name's have been added after the Second War of 1939 - 45.
If you buy a Postcard, it usually has this war memorial in the photo, as behind there is a view of Matlock Bath.