"Matlock Bath" United Kingdom Off The Beaten Path Tip by tvor

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  Path along the river in Matlock
by tvor

Matlock Bath was a spa town and is in an area that used to be concerned with lead mining along the River Derwent that winds it's way through Matlock. You can rent rowing punts or short kayaks to travel the river. The high street, or promenade, is lined with gift shops, a few amusement arcades, a Mining Museum in a large pavilion and lots of little restaurants, pubs and takeaways. Matlock also seems to attract hundreds of touring motorcyclists. The Saturday I went, there were more than a hundred bikes parked in sections along the main street and the sidewalks were filled with men and women dressed in brightly coloured full body leathers and helmets out to enjoy the early spring day.

There is a car park about a kilometer outside of the town center and one at the Heights of Abraham. This is one of the local attractions on top of a cliff overlooking the town. You can get there via a cable car . The cost is 7.30 for the cable car ride and entrance to the Heights on the hilltop including a couple of old mining caverns you can go into.

The high street is lined with pubs, small hotels and cafes so you will find someplace easily if hunger strikes. We ended up at a small pub called the Princess Victoria and the food and beer both were pretty good. Off in the distance, up on another hill is Riber Castle which can be visited as well though I believe it?s just a shell, not restored.

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  • Written May 16, 2003
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