Heights of Abraham Walking Festival

walk up to the Heights.jpgThe Heights estate is riddled with secret footpaths that take you out into wide open spaces with stunning views across the Derwent Valley. Visit us during our mini walking festival and try out some of the best walks on these hills. Self guided walks, cave tours and a limited number of guided walks will be available. Visitors who walk up to the Heights this week (rather than take the cable cars) will enjoy half price tickets onto the 60 acre site with access to the galleries, exhibitions, restaurant, adventure play areas and film theatre.

Visit The Heights on foot (it's quite a walk and takes around 40 minutes) by taking the footpath from Matlock Bath up to West Lodge and enter the Heights Estate for half price during our walking week. You have access to the guided show cavern tours throughout the day, adventure play areas, galleries, exhibitions and film shows, plus the restaurant and cafes and the wider Estate with it's winding footpaths through woodlands revealing huge vistas and spectacular scenery. 

CLICK HERE to view a PDF of the pedestrian walking route from Matlock Bath to the Heights.


A complimentary self guided walks leaflet is available from the Tree Tops Gift Shop and the Tavern this week.

Films in the Masson Pavilion every day this week:

  • The Cable Car Story
  • The Masson Cavern Experience
  • Derbyshire Walks 

Talks in the Masson Pavilion this week (Monday 13th, Tuesday 14th, Wednesday 15th, Thursday 16th only)  - Presented by Terry Eckersley (with images): 

  • High Tor - Tour ! ( not just a tongue twister ). Don’t just experience the view, enjoy a fun & informative talk on the  easy & refreshing 1 mile walk from the other side of the Heights Of Abraham, the breathtaking High Tor, that’s leads into Matlock through the beautiful Hall Leys Park and local watering hole Cafe stop offs and breaks. 
  • Making a Monsal head and trail of things ! Come & hear & explore the outstanding view & insight into Monsal Trail. Its traffic free 8.5 mile route for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and wheelchair users through some of the Peak District's most spectacular limestone dales. 

Every Day: Underground guided tours through the Masson and Rutland Caverns led by our professional cavern guides. Not to be missed. 

Monday 13th to Thursday 16th only: Guided walks over Masson Hill. Led by local walk leader Tony Wood. Starting from outside the Vista Restaurant and lasting approximatly one hour (circular tour). Walks starting at 11am and 1pm on all four days. 

Walk Up to the Heights (more information) - Please note that if you walk up and pay the discounted admission, you have to walk down as well or purchase a cable car ticket for the return journey.

Cable Car tickets can be purchased as usual during the Walking week. 

Ticket prices for walk up and down visits are:

Adult £9.00 (Save £9)
Child £6.00 (Save £6)
Senior £7.25 (Save £7.25)
All tickets purchased in person on the day only. 


Here's a great looping walk that you can enjoy anytime, but especially during our walking week.