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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Jubilee Bridge

    by slothtraveller Written Aug 1, 2013

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    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.

    The Jubilee Bridge in Matlock Bath Jubilee bridge
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    Matlock Bath War Memorial

    by slothtraveller Written Aug 1, 2013

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    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.

    The war memorial
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    Cable car to the Heights of Abraham

    by slothtraveller Written Aug 1, 2013

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    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! :)

    Heights of Abraham cable car Cable cars ascend the Heights of Abraham
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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

    River Derwent Duck Canoeing Course on the River Derwent Matlock Bath Matlock Bath
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    HALLLEYS PARK @ MATLOCK

    by balhannah Written Jan 29, 2012

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    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

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    CHATSWORTH HOUSE PARK - 1

    by balhannah Written Jan 29, 2012

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    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.

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    Hall Leys Park

    by Gillybob Updated Jul 15, 2012

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    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.

    Hall Leys Park Moorhen chick Bandstand
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    Matlock Boats (Hall Leys Park)

    by Gillybob Written Jul 15, 2012

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    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

    Matlock Boats Moorhen chick on boating lake island Sharing the boating lake with duck and ducklings
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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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    INSIDE CHATSWORTH HOUSE - 3

    by balhannah Written Jan 30, 2012

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    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!

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