Tuesday 13 May 2014

#CountryKids on the Heights of Abraham

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

The Heights of Abraham is something I remember seeing on Blue Peter as a child but don't ever think I went on before Saturday. Three families teamed up together to get it slightly cheaper as between us we had 3 adults and 4 children so it added up to an extended family! 

It was a shame that the windows were covered in rain drops as we couldn't fully appreciate the views from the cable car:

Heights of Abraham cable cars

Once we got to the top we discovered we had timed it perfectly to go into the main cavern:

Entrance to Masson Cavern Heights of Abraham

We descended a little way down some dark passages:

Inside Masson Cavern Heights of Abraham

Once we reached the open caverns you could see where the lead miners had dug out huge spaces:

Masson Cavern Heights of Abraham

We were also told how grim life was with boys starting age 7 ferrying ore to the surface and women dying around the age of 30 due to processing lead on the hillsides. It was a nice feeling to get back out into the open air and be glad we didn't have to live like that:

View to Matlock and Lovers' Leap from Heights of Abraham

The boys were then very keen to get to the playground to try out the adventure trail:

adventure trail Heights of Abraham

My daughter was keen on checking out the Fossil Factory:

fossil rubbing at Heights of Abraham
Fossil rubbing

Fossilised dinosaur poo

replica ammonite Heights of Abraham
Surprised at size of an ammonite!

We then all had a quick drink in the cafe before heading to climb the Victoria Prospect tower:

Victoria Prospect Tower Heights of Abraham

Unfortunately we had to catch the last cable car down the hill and missed the bigger adventure playground! We did catch some of the Matlock Raft Race event:

All in all I would recommend this for a day out if it doesn't blow your budget!

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