After leaving Belper we stopped at a roadside bacon butty van which was doing a good trade with passing Sunday bikers. A much-needed cup of tea and bacon-and-egg sandwich later, we headed into Matlock Bath.
View of the town from the 'Jubilee Bridge, 1887'
Beautifully situated in the gorge of the River Derwent, Matlock Bath seems like a tackier (but commercially more successful) version of Ironbridge. We wondered up and down the river, had a look in the bookshop and set off again - leaving the heights of Abraham for another occasion.
Next stop was Bakewell to look in some more outdoor clothing shops for trousers for Katie (again without success), and to have another cup of tea and a slice of Bakewell pudding. This time, in the interests of fairness, we went to the 'other' pudding shop, Bloomers on Water Street. However neither the pudding or the standard of service were as good here as at yesterday's shop.
Suitably re-energised we set off into the hills to look at mines...
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