High Tor is a lofty limestone crag which towers over Matlock Bath, Derbyshire
High Tor is a lofty limestone crag which towers over Matlock Bath, Derbyshire. There is a public park on top.
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|High Tor is a lofty limestone crag which towers over Matlock Bath which used to be privately owned but now belongs to the local authority. This means that entrance is free, whereas at one time a fee had to be paid by visitors, including the climbers who scaled the sheer face of the crag to get there!|
The view from the summit area of the tor is very impressive, all the more so because the cliff edge is totally unfenced and even those with a head for heights are likely to find the drop unnerving. There is an excellent view of Matlock Bath and the Heights of Abraham on the opposite hill. For those with strong nerves a narrow walkway called 'Giddy Ledge' winds around a section of the cliff and even though this is not the highest buttress of the tor, the situation is impressive.
Behind the tor summit are Fern and Roman caves, deep clefts in the rock which are not natural caves but lead veins which have been worked to a depth of up to 10 metres and a width of between one and two metres. These workings are undateable but are probably among the oldest in the area and may even be Roman in origin. Both 'caves' are accessible. Roman cave is well over 100 metres long and it is possible to walk along the bottom of it quite easily.
At the south (railway station) end of the tor grounds there is the terminus for the cable car to the Heights of Abraham, the lazy way to ascend the hill on the opposite bank. This operates in summer months only.
The park can be approached on foot from the railway station, or from the road to Starkholmes, but the best approach is to start from the Artists' Corner carpark on the A6, cross the bridge which is 100 metres upstream and enjoy the spectacular walk up the edge of the cliff above the River Derwent to the tor.
High Tor, Matlock Photo Gallery - click on the images to enlarge- Click Here for a slide show
How to get there
the Heights of Abraham cable car station is 200m from Matlock Bath railway station, on the A6 Derby-Matlock road just south of Matlock. It is simplest to park at the station car park and walk from there.
By Bus: the Trans-Peak Derby-Manchester bus passes the cable car station and connects to Buxton and Bakewell. From Chesterfield, the 17 bus takes you to Matlock - then either take the train or pick up the Trans-Peak bus.
By Train: there is a regular train service from Derby to Matlock, stopping at Matlock Bath.
When is it open?
Open in daylight hours.
What does it cost?
Prices and opening times are shown as a guideline only and may vary.
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