[Nottingham] [Walk] 13th May - Matlock Bath and the Heights of Abraham

Jason Irwin jasonirwin73 at gmail.com
Sun Apr 23 13:14:25 UTC 2017

Starting from the A6 just North of Matlock Bath (Derbyshire's 
mini-Blackpool) and making straight for the Heights of Abraham where we 
can scout out the cable car and show caves (I don't plan to split at 
this point). Then onwards to Bonsall, Upperwood and towards Comford 
before looping back up towards the Heights again.

If anyone wants to do the cable car or a cave, this is the most logical 
point to split as it's a simple walk back down to the car park. Everyone 
else can congregate in a suitable eatery before being joined by the rest 
or making their way back home. Matlock Bath is a good bet for food and 
is sight in itself, usually rammed with bikers and drivers which add 
colour to the place but can make parking...interesting.

Going to allow about 5 hours for the walk (the actual walk should be 
under 3 hours) for stops, general faffing around and a couple of more 
hours for getting there/back. So a 0830 start from Beeston, should see 
you back there around 1500-1600.

This is an medium walk and whilst steep, the paths should be solid so 
approach shoes should do (assuming it's not been chucking it down).
Bad weather will halt the walk, a wee bit of rain/wind won't.

Please let me know if you'd like to join and if you're a driver or need 

What: Matlock Bath and the Heights of Abraham
Distance: 7.6km (5.5 miles)
Ascent/Gradient: Medium/Hard - 740m (518ft)
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 3 hours
Deadtree: AA "50 Walks in the Peak District", walk 40 "Matlock Bath and 
the Heights of Abraham", page 141. ISBN: 978-0-7524-4639-4
Overview and GPX: https://irrwitz.com/owncloud/index.php/s/aQvKctmFsYhlu8q
When: May 13th 2017 starting walk @ 1000
Meet-up #1: Our place in Beeston to leave @ 0830 (contact me off-list 
for address etc)
Meet-up #2: Car Park on A6 (http://osm.org/go/eu3pIGbFn?layers=H&m=) @ 0930
GPS/Driving Advice: M1 to A38 then A615 and on to the A6 from the North.

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