This would be almost the first view the early travellers would have
had of High Tor when they entered the Dale from the northern
end. Writers describe the scene so eloquently in various tourist
Minus the rather conspicuous telegraph poles, of course!
The photographer would have been standing almost on the boundary
between Matlock and Matlock Bath to take his picture. Just round
the bend is Artists' Corner. The road on the right
that rises quite steeply up the hill used to be little more than
a trackway. It goes to Common Wood and you can reach The Rocks,
Cliff House, St. John's Church and Masson Farm as well as access
a footpath to Matlock Bath.
On the very edge of the photo is the glasshouse that was
in the grounds of "Ferry
Cottage". Years earlier the ferry was available from here
and was where, in 1851, the Matlock and Matlock Bath carrier
Mrs. Betty Brinsley lived.