Saturday, 29th June 2019
|The Heights The Caves Victoria Tower Thank You Please Read Me|
The Heights of Abraham are situated above Matlock Bath and have been known to visitors for 230 years - since at least Georgian times. I visited with my friend, and we found the views and the caves to be of especial interest. The cable cars are a novelty to those yet to visit alpine ski resorts. The views we enjoyed from the "eateries" enhanced the gastronomical experience.
There are three groups of caves, the uppermost group of which is accessible from the Heights of Abraham. In this uppermost group we find the Great Masson and the Great Rutland Caverns. These caves are naturally coated with "a clay-like substance that inhibits deposition" and so lack stalactites and stalagmites. These caves were mined for lead - in the form of Galena - from Roman times to the 1800s, until lead mining became unprofitable here. Fluorspar was also found here.
The Victoria Tower was built in 1844 and adds a bit of extra height to the all-round views. The stone spiral stair case is so constructed that those ascending the stairs cannot really safely pass those making their way down. One-way traffic only. When going up, there is only a hand guide on the right; on the left, it's a steep drop all the way down. Visitors are advised to be right-handed on the way up and left-handed on the way down! I'm not sure about "Health & Safety" implications!
Thank you, Michelle, for suggesting a visit to the Heights of Abraham. Thank you indeed for a nice visit. Both of us saw and learnt new things. That's what life is about!