The long and winding road through the Peaks is a worthy journey to reach this highly unusual destination. The Heights of Abraham begins with a cable car ride to the top of Masson Hill – its flat top aloft in the Derbyshire countryside. The hill is home to caverns, woodlands, adventure playgrounds, a fossil factory, a tower to climb, and an amphitheatre, all complete with spectacular views over the beautiful surrounding countryside and villages.
The trip up in the cable car is thrilling and exhilarating but don’t forget your head for heights, it’s a long way down passing through the deep limestone gorge. Safely at the top, we went straight into a guided tour through the Masson Cavern, which included a light display. With many steps and narrow passages, this 40 minute tour wouldn’t be possible with a pram but my two boys, five and eight, loved it. Back out in the daylight we ate a picnic by one of the superb play areas before enjoying a cuppa in the terraced café (again, great views, this time down the Derwent Valley). Disappointingly we ran out of time to fit in the second cavern but did manage the indoor exhibitions and the spiral staircase to the top of Prospect Tower. Both were well worth the visit.
Heading down on the cable car we all decided that The Heights of Abraham got our vote and we would definitely be back again.
10am-4.30pm, later at peak times.
Daily 15 Feb-2 Mar & 29 Mar-2 Nov 2014.
Sat & Sun only 8-23 Mar.
Adult £14, Child £9.50, under 5s free (1 per adult),
Family £42 Pay and display car park.
The Heights of Abraham, Matlock Bath,
Derbyshire DE4 3PD
Tel: 01629 582365 heightsofabraham.com