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    MAIN STREET OF MATLOCK BATH

    by balhannah Written Jan 29, 2012

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    The main street of Matlock Bath seemed to stretch forever!
    Well, I guess it has to, as the River Derwent is one side, and the Cliff's the other side!
    As Matlock Bath was discovered in 1698, there were lot's of old building's. I noticed quite a few Pub's which looked very welcoming, and they offered accommodation, also attractive B& B's.
    Shop's sold gift's and there were plenty of outdoor Cafe's, one in particular with an outdoor setting overlooking the River. The Victorian Teashop from the 1800's, looked like a place to step back in time, and enjoy a cream tea!
    The quaintness and prettiness of Matlock Bath made quite an impression on me!

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    WALK FROM ONE MATLOCK TO ANOTHER!

    by balhannah Updated Jan 29, 2012

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    This was a very enjoyable walk I did.

    I started from the The Pavillion {tourist info centre} in Matlock Bath, and followed the River Derwent to Matlock. When ever one side was more interesting than the other, I crossed over and browsed the other, which was usually a line of shop's.

    I stopped and enjoyed the River, and saw a person feeding the Duck's from the back of his shop.
    The River had a canoeing course laid out in one part. It is used by Matlock Canoe Club to host many competitive (National level) Wild Water Racing and Slalom events. It is also used recreationally by many canoeists.
    It was quiet and peaceful, the River was clean and running good, there was plenty of green shrubbery and very little traffic, it was a little piece of heaven!

    Sorry I don't know how far, probably less than 2 mile's and easy walking

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    SPRING'S IN MATLOCK BATH

    by balhannah Written Jan 29, 2012

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    Located in the main street near the Tourist Info Centre, I found this "harnessed" Thermal Spring.
    Then, a little further on was another beautiful Spring, this one coming out of a moss covered rock.
    It was in a really pretty setting, pond with goldfish surrounding it, and then nice shady tree's and fern's, a relaxing area to sit and watch the traffic pass by! This could not have been hot, as there were Goldfish swimming around in the surrounding pond!

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    TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE

    by balhannah Written Jan 29, 2012

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    Our first stop on entering Matlock Bath, was the Tourist Information Centre.
    We needing information on a Laundry and to pick up the usual pamphlet's.
    Help was given, yes there was a laundry at nearby Matlock.

    The info centre is located in an old building known as "The Pavillion." I read, that a group has been set up to save this old building, I am glad to see that!

    Inside the Pavillion is the Peak District Mining Museum, and exhibition showing the history of lead mining throughout the Peak District.
    Visitors can operate rag and chain pumps and climb shafts.
    Open daily 4th April-31st October, 10am-5pm(July-Oct 10am-10pm at weekends)
    Nov-Feb open Mon-Fri 11am-3pm

    The Pavillion
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    Great Masson Cavern ~ explore an old lead mine!

    by Jenniflower Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There are two different mine shafts to explore here. Both used to be lead mines.

    They have since found that there are various minerals here, but in those days these minerals would not have been needed, as their applications had not been invented yet!

    We had an informative guide, who showed us around the mine... telling us how the miners went about their work every day... they could tell their 8 hour shift had come to an end when their second candle had finished... they had no other way of telling the time in the dark. A couple miners lost their lives and they have a plaque inside.

    This mine is not huge by any means, I have been in much bigger ones with gigantic chambers, but is still worth doing, for sure.

    In my one photo there is a blurry red shot.. with a chandelier in it! This chandelier was placed inside the cavern when they started their Victorian tours a long time ago, and it has never been removed. The lead miners themselves used to do the tours at the beginning, as they realised there was no more lead to mine, saw that more people were flocking to Matlock Bath due to the new railway line, and so started doing tours. I am not sure why there is the red light, for some dramatic effect I guess!

    As an asthmatic I found it hard going inside the mine as it is claustrophobic and very damp.. water was dripping everywhere. At the end of the mine you have to climb 82 steep steps too, which I found hard going, bearing in mind my chest was already bursting, and needing dry air.

    As you come out of the mine there is a talking telescope thing that tells you what you are looking at. There is a castle on the hill opposite, and Matlock town spread below you.

    Open daily 4th April-31st October, 10am-5pm (July-Oct 10am-10pm at weekends)
    Nov-Feb open Mon-Fri 11am-3pm

    The exit! Weird redlighting option.. Lookout at the end Entrance
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    Cable Cars

    by soulgirl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The cable cars will take you to The Heights of Abraham. You will not be disappointed. Along with the wonderful views there are guided tours of Masson and The Great Rutland Limestone Caverns. There's also a picnic area, a cafe', woodland walks and more. In my opinion this is a must.

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    Jubilee Bridge

    by Jenniflower Updated Apr 30, 2008

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    We loved this bridge!

    There are a few bridges around this area... many are made of old stone, some of various metals.. and this was our favourite.

    This 85 feet span, iron bridge, was built in 14 June, 1887, and placed in position only 8 days before Queen Victoria visited for her Jubillee!

    It had the *huge* cost of £230... big money in those days!

    The bridge takes you to the other side of the Derwent River, where you ca go for a walk along the river. You cannot go too far on the other side, as there are cliffs of the gorge that make the path end, but it is a lovely walk non-the-less.

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    Heights of Abraham

    by Jenniflower Written Apr 29, 2008

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    The Heights of Abraham is on the western side of the gorge where Matlock Bath is situated.

    It has a restaurant, a children's area, a nature trail, a picnic area, the 2 show caves, Rutland Cavern and the Great Masson Cavern, to view and explore and more... it is a lovely day outing for the family! And what is such fun is the cable car ride from Matlock Bath railway station that gets you up there, or a rather steep walk up!

    The ride up and down is so scenic, and not particularly fast, which gives you time to take it all in, and take some photos.

    There is a lovely Victorian Prospect Tower, which was built in 1844 here too.

    A nice mix of the old and the new, historical value and modern convenience, for the young and old (er).

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    Gullivers Kingdom

    by Jenniflower Written Apr 29, 2008

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    We were quite surprised to see this children's entertainment and amusement park on the side of the gorge in this beautiful natural valley... but there it is!

    It is a bit cut off from other towns and cities, so not only is it a crowd-puller for people to bring their kids and visit Matlock Bath, but is also somewhere for the local children to go.

    They also have the Royal Cave for kiddies to explore!

    Open 10.30am-5pm, 15th April-2nd May, weekends 6-28th Mat, then daily till 10th September

    Looking out over the Derbyshire valley

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