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Walk Through Time
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View from High Tor
View from High Tor
Go station to station and get close to the edge in the Derbyshire wilds. See how the ice age, tropical seas and ferocious floods have helped shape the crags of Matlock and Matlock Bath. This walk is packed with geological gems and a few surprises.
Walk details:
Start point: Matlock Bath Railway Station, off the A6, Derbyshire.
Countryside Rangers' office: 01629 816290
Ordnance Survey: Landranger Map 119, grid ref: SK2958
Distance: approx 2 miles
Time: approx 1 hour
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Over 300 million years ago Matlock would have looked very similar to the Bahamas, we wanted to find out why.

This walk takes you back in time. We dig up some geological gems, uncover Matlock's shared history with California and the San Andreas Fault, find out why some plants love the toxic soils and discover if there's any truth in the rumour that Wallabies go wild in the woods around Matlock Dale.

Lace up those walking boots and step this way...

We took a walk through time on Otober 16th. Take a look at the pictures.

Getting there:

By train:
Trains leave Derby Train Station daily. Contact National Rail Enquiries for details - 08457 484950


By bus:
Buses leave Derby - on a regular basis - daily from Derby Bus Station. Service is less regular on a Sunday. Phone Trent Buses for details - 01773 712265

By car: Matlock Bath railway station is signposted just off the A6.

Walk conditions
This is a point to point walk that can be converted into a circular.

The walk starts with a gentle incline and is on hard surface for the first half mile or so. The section from Starkholmes to the top of High Tor is on less structured surface with a relatively steep climb through the woods.

You're on a grassy path in open fields when you reach the top of the Tor. This stretch is relatively flat. Then it's windy paths with uneven surfaces down towards the River Derwent.

The final stretch of the walk is along the flat and into Matlock's parks. Easy access for everyone.

The walk ends in Matlock but for those wanting to get back to Matlock Bath there's the option of walking along Matlock's main street then alongside the Derwent and the A6.

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