Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Derbyshire's premier resort

I stayed in Matlock Bath last night as we were working at Derby university and was surprised to see that it was for all the world like a British seaside town set down among the cliffs in the middle of the country.

According to the Derbyshire UK website;
Matlock Bath in Derbyshire, became an instant tourist resort for the wealthy and influential, when warm springs, at a constant temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit, were discovered back in 1698. The upheavals in Europe in the later part of the 18th century onwards discouraged the wealthy from making the Grand Tour and they diverted their attention to places like the Peak District. Matlock Bath was a beneficiary of this new era in travel.

No disrespect to the good people of Matlock, but I think it might be a bit of a disappointment compared to the treasures of Rome and Naples.

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