GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Heights of Abraham Walk

3 miles (4.5 km)

Ride a cable car to the Hilltop Park and enjoy magnificent views of the Derwent Valley and surrounding Peak District at this major attraction in Matlock. The park also includes caverns and mine tours where you can experience a day in the life of a 17th Century lead mining family.
The cable car was opened in 1984 and is the first ever alpine cable car in Britain. It will take you to the top of Masson Hill where you can enjoy woodland walking trails and wonderful views over Matlock. There is also a riverside section along the River Derwent to enjoy.
If you would like to continue your walking in the area then you could head to the nearby Lumsdale Valley for a wonderful waterfall walk. The Derwent Valley Heritage Way also runs through the park so there is scope for continuing your walk along the River Derwent if you have time.
If you cross the river to the eastern side you can enjoy a climb to High Tor. The impressive limestone crag commands fine views over the town below.

Postcode

DE4 3NT - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Heights of Abraham OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Heights of Abraham Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

You could sit outside at the on site Terrace Cafe and enjoy wonderful views with your meal or snack.

Dog Walking

The site is very dog friendly with dogs allowed in the cable cars. They'll also enjoy exploring the 60 acre estate with you. The on site eateries are dog friendly too.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Lovers Walk in Matlock Bath is a popular place to continue your walking in the area. There's more nice riverside paths and a visit to the lovely Derwent Gardens to enjoy here.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Derbyshire Walks and the Peak District Walks pages.

Photos

Cable cars at the Heights Of Abraham (geograph 4636943)

The three cars leaving the upper pylon, at the Heights Of Abraham. Parts of the car park and the train station can be seen through the trees in the top right corner.

Water Chute, Heights of Abraham (geograph 6126615)

Water Chute, Heights of Abraham. In the past, lead ore was mined on these steep hillsides. Water was then used to clean and prepare the lead ore hauled out of the mines. This water chute recreates how the collection of the water looked like.

Riber Castle - from Heights of Abraham - Matlock (geograph 1685064)

Riber Castle viewed from The Heights

Victoria Prospect Tower, Heights of Abraham (geograph 6126594)

View of the Victoria Prospect Tower. The Victoria Prospect Tower was built in 1844 to celebrate Queen Victoria's reign. Visitors can climb to the top and see panoramic views of the Derwent Valley below. In the foreground there are 3 life size metallic cows which were originally part of the first RHS Chatsworth Flower Show. Just behind the cows is a sculpture to commemorate the visit of the 2012 Olympic Torch to the Heights of Abraham. It is carved out of a single piece of wood with a chainsaw and hand tools. Finally 3 cable cars are arriving at the Heights of Abraham top station.

Matlock Bath - Heights of Abraham view and Wood Sculptures - geograph.org.uk - 823272

Wood Sculptures on the footpath in the grounds.

Heights of Abraham Vertigo Tower - geograph.org.uk - 653930

Vertigo Tower. View of the viewing tower from the top looking vertically down.

High Tor from the Heights of Abraham - geograph.org.uk - 474626

High Tor from the Heights of Abraham. With Matlock town (left) and Riber Castle (right) in the distance.

Directional Sign on The Heights of Abraham - geograph.org.uk - 1428808

Directional Sign. Shows the way to the Fossil Factory and Film and the Rock shop.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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