Steps made from used railway sleepers have been used to to help people climb the Heights of Abraham at Matlock, rather than taking the cable car. It's a wonderful country park with caverns set in 60 acres of woodland and a deep limestone gorge. Since first opening its gates to visitors in 1780 the Heights of Abraham has become one of the Peak District's most popular destinations. Originally the Heights of Abraham was only accessible to those few 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.
Situated on the site of historic lead mining the Heights of Abraham originally opened as a Regency style 'Savage Garden'. Today the paths still follow many of the original routes around the 60 acres of Woodland hillside. Now, 200 years on, the planting scheme has matured, providing homes for a range of birds and wildlife.
If you've got the energy, try walking up the hillside rather than taking the cable car. You'll save a fair bit of money, experience lovely woodland, and above climb these wonderful railway sleeper steps!