caves behind and continuing along the path you'll eventually come to sharp
right dog-leg bend (notice a couple of young Rowan trees). You can opt
to peak over the edge and down into the valley here.
trees on route
point will reward you with fabulous vistas over Matlock Dale and the River
the lower flanks of High Tor here and peering down you'll see the scree
debris which has come down from the rocks themselves. The River Derwent
is below but is completely hidden by the trees during spring and summer.
takes in pastures and wooded hills and you'll be able to make out Masson
Hill which climbs to over 1000 feet on the far side of the valley.
We took a walk through time on Otober 16th.
Take a look at the pictures.
who want to explore the other side of the valley there's an alternative
to walking. You can of course take the easy route via the Heights of Abraham
tree clinging to the limestone
On the far
side you'll see more limestone crags. And there's plenty of evidence of
volcanic activity which happened during the carboniferous period.
would have spread out across the limestone area and the pasture. In fact
you can even spot some lava to this day. It's not quite as impressive as
visiting Pompeii though. The lava here in Derbyshire has decomposed to a
sticky, yellow clay and can sometimes cause problems in this area with instability
- another cause for the landslip in this area.
Look out for the Beech tree which seems to be holding on to the rock for
dear life as you walk up towards the summit of High Tor. It's a very spectacular
sight. It suggests that the track has been widened and modified. The beech
tree's roots have been left very exposed. It's a rare opportunity to see
at eye level the rooting system of a tree and evidence that Beeches have
a very shallow root system.