On the edge of the Peak District National Park, you will find the beautiful town of Matlock, approximately 20 miles north of Derby.
This was one of the first treatment centers in the country where people could have their ailments treated through water therapy.
Riber Castle was also built by Smedley and all those years ago, he lived there himself. The huge castle dominates the hillside above the town. Sadly, it now lies in ruins and it wasn’t all that long ago home to a remarkable wildlife center that specialized in rare and endangered species.
It is still possible to walk up there and walk around the ruins, if only to admire the breathtaking view.
In the center of town, you will find Hall Leys Park; there are many recreational facilities to be found here. Bowls, tennis, miniature railway, a miniature golf course, small boating lake and a child’s play area complete with a small paddling pool.
This is a chance to escape to a wonderful setting from all the hustle and bustle of Matlock’s busy shopping center.
Those wanting to do a bit of exploring, why not go to High Tor? It cannot be missed as it is dominated by a great limestone outcrop and towers almost 400 feet above the river Derwent.
The beauty of being in the heart of the Peak District is that there are many scenic areas to explore. It is great, if weather permits, to find somewhere to have a picnic and enjoy the peace and quiet, and admire all the beauty.
Those wishing to do a bit of rambling could not have come to a better place. If you require spectacular views and a glorious walk, find out about a visit to the Heights of Abraham.
Climbing further through woodland and open fields, a glance to the left and you will have a view of Victoria Prospect Tower. You will pass the side entrance of the Heights of Abraham where, if you wish, you can obtain refreshments.
There is also the opportunity to explore further attractions at this sight and for those who want to a cable car ride, a small entrance fee has to be paid first for wishing to explore further.
The more adventurous walkers or ramblers must be aware that the hillside hereabouts are riddled with mine shafts. This is from the days when lead mining prospered in the area. So it may be wise to seek local knowledge before venturing out.
Accommodation is available all around this beautiful area from quaint holiday cottages and farms that do bed and breakfast. Or you may choose to stay in one of the luxury hotels that can be found in the area. There is no shortage of friendly accommodation around making Peak District tourism a very attractive vacation.