Why Sheffielders should visit the Heights of Abraham in the Peak District for a perfect day out
Located on the edge of the Peak District National Park, the scenic county town of Matlock is just a short distance away from Sheffield and is the perfect location for a day trip.
How do I get there from Sheffield?
If you are wanting to use public transport, you can travel from Sheffield railway station to Derby station, which takes around half an hour, and change there for a train to Matlock and that journey takes approximately 35 minutes.
And for those travelling in the car, you can go via the A61 and A632. The journey takes approximately 45 minutes, when travelling from Sheffield city centre.
What is there to do?
The Heights of Abraham are a short distance from the railway station and are a must-see attraction. Located within a gorgeous 60-acre estate, the views from the cable car ride betweeen limestone cliffs are just stunning. Cavern tours in the Great Masson Cavern and the Rutland Cavern and the centre’s exhibitions are included with the price of a ticket, which costs £19 for adults and £13 for children between five and 15. There are also playgrounds and picnic areas, as well as a terrace café, on the site. A trip up to the top of the Victoria Prospect Tower is worth it for the spectacular views. Advanced booking is essential, which you can do by visiting: http://www.heightsofabraham.com
You can also take a trip back in time by jumping on a steam or deisel train operated by Peak Rail from Matlock to Rowsley or head for nearby Crich Tramway Village and pay an old penny to ride on a vintage tram.
Where is good to eat and drink?
Café When The Clock Strikes 3, which is located on North Parade, specialises in afternoon tea and home-made dishes and is a great place to stop for lunch.
Another popular establishment to try for food is The Fishpond pub on South Parade, which has an in-house artisan bakery and a wide range of dishes on its menu that includes kids’ section and also caters for vegetarians, vegans and celiacs.
For those just wanting to stop for a drink, the White Lion Inn on Starkholmes Road in the town centre is a good choice. It is a traditional pub, with low ceilings, wooden beams and serves cask beers.