Catch your breath at this vantage point. From here we can appreciate the natural beauty and grandeur of the landscape that the Derwent has carved out.
In its Victorian heyday, Matlock Bath and its neighbouring countryside were often referred to as ‘little Switzerland’. From here we can get a sense of why, not least because of the climb up! The scene has inspired many writers and artists.
In Mary Shelley’s Gothic novel Frankenstein (written in 1818, the same year the toll road opened) the narrator describes a visit:
We … proceeded to Matlock… The country in the neighbourhood of this village resembles Switzerland; but everything is on a lower scale
A century earlier, Daniel Defoe had recorded
the prodigious height of this tor…was to me more a wonder than any of the rest in the Peak”.