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Giddy Edge Path

This precipitous pathway with its wrought iron handrail was created by the Victorians as a tourist attraction.  

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This artificially created footpath in the High Torr Gardens at Matlock Bath is recognized as one of the most dangerous footpaths in the world. With a 300-foot drop beside it, only the trickier sections are protected by the wrought iron handrails and there is nothing between you and the edge. The views into Matlock Dale are magnificent and well worth the effort for those brave enough to do it. 

The path is in a garden/park for which there is a small admission fee. The operators have implemented a one-way system to prevent the dangerous practice of people passing in opposite directions.

Within the High Torr gardens are several other attractions including two former surface mines, which have left narrow chasms and are reputed to be Roman in origin, although there are some who believe them to be more medieval.

Know Before You Go

The climb up to the High Torr gardens is steep and quite physically demanding.

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October 9, 2023

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