The first cavern was called Speedwell. It was more of an old lead mine that happened to find a small cave. It was different because we rode a small boat down to the cavern just like the miners would have done. We had our hard hats (see above) and were bunched in this boat with about 20 others. We realized that I should have been in the middle where the highest clearance was! I wasn't all that impressed with the cave itself, but it was a unique experience getting there and I think the kids actually preferred this one.
and the family shot in the slight mist
troglodytes, who lived in houses built inside the cave mouth, and made a living from rope making, while the depths of the cave were known as a haven for bandits.
Traditionally, it has been known as the Devil's Arse due to the flatulent-sounding noises from inside the cave (only during the spring time flooding evidently). The name was changed ahead of Queen Victoria's visit so as not to upset her.
The photo above is in the large entrance and shows remains of the rope-making tools, etc.
Quite sloped even inside the castle grounds.
Not much left of the walls. Castleton lay below. The blue dots are Kuk and Alex. Foggy day.
Looking out of the keep
Drop off to a valley on the side away from town.
From wikipedia on Matlock-Bath: In 1698 warm springs were discovered and a Bath House was built. As the waters became more famous, access was improved by the building of the bridge into Old Matlock and in 1783, the opening of a new entrance at the south of the valley. Princess Victoria's royal visit in 1831 confirmed Matlock as a society venue of the time.
M-B is somewhat of a beach town without a beach. Lot's of chippies (fish-n-chip shops), curious stores, arcades, etc. The storefront above caught our eye with it's unique name.
another storefront item -- this one at a gift/costume shop
Participants decorate the rowboat size boats with various themes. You can see some official photos here.
1st prize winner -- Bob the Builder
2nd prize -- Toad Travels
our favorite was the Back to the Future Delorean
Nicole, true to Frey form, was an avid participant . . . behind the scenes. Here she is in her black, back-stage outfit. I had to snap a quick photo before she died of embarrassment -- hence it's a little fuzzy.