Project Description

High Tor

High Tor is a lofty limestone crag which towers over Matlock Bath which used to be privately owned but now belongs to the local authority. This means that entrance is free, whereas at one time a fee had to be paid by visitors, including the climbers who scaled the sheer face of the crag to get there! The Heights were so named by an army officer back in the 18th century; he was struck by the similarity of the wooded slopes above Matlock Bath to the famous Heights of Abraham at Quebec. The Heights (Matlock) are capped by the Victoria Prospect Tower, a prominent folly erected by John Petchell in 1844. At the cable car station, descend via a zigzag path to the Great Rutland Cavern. Click here to see more.