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Walk Through Time
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Looking down on to the A6
Our first view over towards Matlock Dale.
Station to Station. Matlock Bath to Matlock.

This walk takes you through lush and lively woodland, over fresh open countryside and has stunning views from one of Derbyshire's most impressive crags.

Leaving the 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.

Rowan trees on route

This view point will reward you with fabulous vistas over Matlock Dale and the River Derwent.

We're on 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.

The view 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.

For those 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 cable cars.

Beech Tree
Beech 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.

Volcanic lavas 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.
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