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Sneath's photograph of "The Giddy Edge" shows a close up of the footpath cut into the rock below the lion face on High Tor, with a handrail fixed to the bend and a seat where tourists could rest and enjoy the view. It is difficult to know how many years the footpath had been in use at the time this picture was taken, but the 1861 advertisement below suggests that the footpath was probably in place around the time Thomas Carding created his carriage road[1]. Several local guides published between 1861 and 1869 refer to the paths and the carriage road[2].

MR. THOMAS CARDING, Proprietor of the Mines on the High Tor, begs announce to the Visitors of Matlock and the Public in general, that he has made a carriage-road, as well as walks and rides, to the top of the far famed High Tor, so that all parties, however delicate or timid, may now visit the wonders and sweet scenery round and about the Tor, and obtain views of the surrounding countryside which such an elevation commands, with little of no fatigue and with perfect safety. Charge to the walks and rides very moderate.


"The Giddy Edge, High Tor, Matlock". No. 3291, published by R. Sneath, Paradise St., Sheffield Copyright - Real Photograph. Unposted.
Postcard in the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews.
Written and researched by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.

References (coloured links are to transcripts or more information elsewhere on this web site):

[1] " Derbyshire Courier", 11 May 1861 and other dates that year.
[2] The Guides that mention the paths are Holmes "Hand Book" of 1866, Croston's "On Foot Through the Peak" in 1868 (see below the image of High Tor) and Bemroses' "Guide to Matlock" of 1869. The paths are not mentioned in earlier trade directories.