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Matlock Bath (Derbyshire)
Member Name: daseaford
Matlock Bath (Derbyshire)
Date: 13/10/00, updated on 15/10/00 (179 review reads)
Advantages: Lots of attractions. Great scenery.
Disadvantages: Gets busy at weekends
The spa town of Matlock Bath is one of Derbyshire's greatest tourist attractions. Situated in the Peak District, Matlock Bath is about 2 miles to the south of the main town of Matlock and is spread along the side of the River Derwent, which winds it's way through the town. There is only one road in and out of the town, which is the A6, a very busy and popular tourist route. The whole town is about one mile long with steep hills and rock faces on either side. On a Summer's day the town has the feel of an inland seaside resort with a great variety of shops and attractions.
There is a large pay and display car park at the north end of the town from which the popular route is to walk along the main road past all of the shops, cafes and pubs to the old bath building at the far end of the town. From there you can walk through a park to one of the bridges over the river and enjoy a very pleasant walk back along the river bank. For the more energetic there is a path up to the top of the hills where you can look down over the town.
The car park is also adjacent to the train station and a short walk from the cable car which takes visitors to the top of the hills on the other side of the town, known as the Heights of Abraham. At the top of the cable car ride there are stunning views over the surrounding area and caves that are open to visitors.
Within the town there is also Gulliver's Kingdom, this is a small theme park for the younger visitors. In the centre of the town there is an aquarium and in the old bath building there is museum.
In the autumn the town has it?s illuminations which are spread all along the riverbank, and most weekends there is also a procession of illuminated boats along the river and a firework display.
During Summer weekends the town is a mecca for motor cyclists, with large numbers of motor bikes parked all the along the main road. However, these are not young bikers, but in the main are more mature people who enjo
y the beauty of the Peak District and arrive at Matlock Bath for the company, something to eat, and to show off some of the bikes.
The town does get crowded at weekends and sometimes finding a parking space is difficult, but if you have never been to Matlock Bath, then I would certainly recommend a visit.
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