Heights of Abraham

The Cable Car

Since first opening its gates to visitors in 1780's the Heights of Abraham has become one of the Peak District's most popular destinations. 

Originally the Heights of Abraham was only accessible to visitors who could scale the steep slopes of Masson Hill. In 1984 Britain's first alpine style cable car transport system was installed. Rising from the valley floor, the observation cars transport you in comfort and safety and allow stunning views of the Derwent Valley and surrounding Peak District.

How do the cable cars work?

The 12 cars are permanently attached and move with the cable which forms a continuous loop, hydraulically kept in tension on giant rollers.

How long is the cable?

1,136 metres (approx. 2/3 of a mile) You actually travel 568 metres from top to bottom (approx. 1/3 of a mile) The cable is 40.2mm in diameter.

What makes them move?

A 360 h.p. electric motor on the first floor of the Base Station

How high do you travel?

169 metres (554ft) from the Base to the Top Station passing over 4 towers, the highest, tower 2 is 23.5m (77ft).

How high is Masson Hill above sea level?

The summit is approximately 339 metres (1,111ft)