Dating bath area
To get there you can haul yourself up the slope on foot or catch the scenic cable car across the gorge from the east bank, which has been running since 1984.
At the top you’ll find 60 acres of landscaped woodland, awesome views of the valley, visitor centres in chalet-style buildings and two man-made caves which we’ll talk about shortly.
In the 18th century the paths were reached by ferry, as the cast iron bridge at Derwent Gardens wasn’t constructed until 1969.
Through the foliage near the top you’ll see a little cascade fed by a natural spring, while at the foot of the slope is a refined set of formal gardens and play area.
A linchpin of the Derwent Valley UNESCO site, Richard Arkwright built this water-powered cotton-spinning mill in 1783.
One of the many innovations made by this construction was placing the staircase in a central projection, which left the factory floors open and uncluttered.
Included in the price of the cable car are tours of the Heights of Abraham’s show caverns.
These labyrinths twisting through the hillside were first excavated by the Romans and grew over the next 1,800 years, reaching their apogee in the 17th century.
Access to Gulliver’s Kingdom is easier for the park’s chairlift and travellator, great news for parents with small children and buggies.
You’ll hear accounts of what day was like for the men and women (and children) who had to make their living in this industry, and take a tour of the Temple Mine, exploited for lead and fluorspar in the 1920s (tour times are less frequent in winter).
Children can also scurry through three mock mine tunnels, while there’s an abundance of antique equipment recovered from mines in the area.
The railway was designed just like a canal, and in the early years the railway used horse-power and stationary beam engines in engine houses instead of steam locomotives.
Matlock Bath is also around the midway point of a 55-mile walking trail, following the Derwent River from near Bamford in the north to the picturesque inland port of Shardlow in the south.