A small town between Derby and Buxton instantly reminded me of a seaside town. The seaside was nowhere to be seen, but yet something in this town reminded me of a typical English coastal place… maybe it was the local chippies, or the architecture, or the hairy bikers, but most likely the Amusements on the main street!
Later I had a little read about the used to be spa town and found out that in the Victorian era Matlock Bath developed its inland ‘seaside’ resort image that it still carries today. I dare say, my observations were spot on!
Incredibly green and hilly Matlock Bath is a designated conservation area and has been mentioned in Mary Shelley’s novel ‘Frankenstein’: “We proceeded to Matlock (Bath), which was our next place of rest. The country in the neighbourhood of this village resembles Switzerland; but everything is on a lower scale“.
Across the Jubilee bridge, in the woods, we found a row of steps leading us to the view point. Lovely greenery opened in front of our eyes, for the last time reminding us that we are in the Peak District.
We wanted to visit the Heights of Abraham, but we missed the last ride on the cable car. Instead, we had some of those vinegary fish & chips by the river before making our way back to London.