The Peak District - Guide to Matlock
Matlock is a town situation on the southern edge of the Peak District, with so much to offer and definitely worth a visit at some point during your trip to Derbyshire. It is only a thirty four minute drive from Ashbourne and you will definitely be able to fill a day there so the journey is worth it. Matlock is a former spa town, situated on the River Derwent. There are many things to do and places to visit, so why not pile the family into the car and experience all the activities Matlock has to offer?
One of the main attractions in Matlock is the Gulliver's Kingdom theme park. Gulliver's Kingdom is a theme park for all the family, particularly suited to families with younger children. Often, theme parks are focussed around teenagers and adults, putting the young children on the side line. Gulliver's Kingdom is different and the young children in the family become the focus of the day out. It is within walking distance of Matlock centre so you can spend as little or as much time there as you wish!
Another popular attraction is Heights of Abraham. This was Britain's first alpine cable car system, and you too can see the views of the Derwent Valley and the Peak District that the first visitors witnessed in 1984. If you enjoy walking in the Peak District, Heights of Abraham has paths through over sixty acres of Woodland hillside. The woodlands are home to many plants and animals and a walk in these surroundings is fascinating and enjoyable.
Fly fishing in Derbyshire is very popular and Matlock lies on the River Derwent, which is perfect for wild brown trout and grayling, and occasionally rainbow trout. To get to the fishing areas in Matlock, park on South or North Parade, walk down past the tourist board, and cross the footbridge to the East bank.
Although Matlock is not known for rural walks in the Peak District, it is enjoyable to walk around the town and see the sights it has to offer. As well as this, Matlock boasts some amazing geological features, created by the ice age, floods and tropical seas combined. The way we see Matlock today is entirely different to the way it would have looked over 300 million years ago, and this walk shows how we can look into the past and see some of the amazing geological evidence that forms Matlock's history.
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