Dating bath area
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.For views that take in the valley, Matlock Bath and nearby landmarks like Riber Castle, make for the Victoria Prospect Tower, dating back to 1844 or the Tinker’s Shaft platform, which has panels detailing the lead mining history of the Heights of Abraham.The Long View pavilion records the 240-year history of the Heights of Abraham as a visitor attraction while the Masson Pavilion is dedicated to the Great Masson Cavern.
The southern region of the range is known as the White Peak, a region of rocky grassland, grazed by sheep and cattle and where the pale limestone has been eroded into caves and ravines.
The ancient woodland habitat here is rare in Europe and is considered a standout “Tilio-Acerion forest”, of the kind only found on slopes and ravines.
Also fascinating is that the paths date back more than 270 years, which puts Lovers’ Walks among the oldest surviving examples of a public pleasure park in the UK.
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.