Photo: Michael D Beckwith

The Heights of Abraham is, in its most basic form, a cable car. Located in the Peak District, the cable car will take you on an exciting journey stretching a full third of a mile. You can admire the stunning scenery on your 169metre high journey from top to bottom.

The site was once home to a lead mine and the paths that meander along the hillside follow many of the original tracks used by the miners. A matured planting scheme means that the area is a haven for local flora and fauna, making it a great place to visit for nature-lovers.

The cable car itself is just the start of your adventure at the Heights of Abraham.  The Caverns, for instance, are fascinating for adventurers and historians alike. You can take a guided tour through these, once fully functional, mining passages and discover their subterranean wonders. Local knowledge states that mining began in the area as early as Roman Times and reached a boom in the 17th Century. The caverns themselves are naturally formed but, thanks to the centuries-old mining tradition, are now exposed to the public.

There are two main exhibitions on at the Heights of Abraham, giving you the chance to answer some of the many questions you’re sure to have. The Fossil Factory will educate you in the ways of geology and the Masson Pavilion showcases extensive aerial photography of the Peak District and local area.

If the kids are getting a little weary of all this vibrant history you can take them to the Adventure Playground to expend some energy. The Woodland Walks are also perfect for stretching your legs and ideal for those of you who want to get closer to nature.

There is a huge amount going on at the Heights of Abraham, which has made it highly popular with visitors. It is well worth a visit and if you get a little peckish the café serves delicious food with a seating area overlooking the valleys below.

 

Matlock Bath, Derbyshire DE4 3DP

Tel: 01629 582365

Opening Times: 10:30am-4pm daily. 25th February – 18th March – weekends only. Closed 4th November – 11th February.