Brandon, five, pushes the button to reopen the Heights of Abraham cable cars

Five-year-old Matlock resident Brandon Baines pushed the big green button to restart the Heights of Abraham cable cars and officially open the 60 acre estate for the start of the 2021 season.

Monday, 12th April 2021, 1:30 pm
Brandon pushes the button to restart the cable cars

Brandon has been waiting for the cable cars to start ever since his fifth birthday. Unable to take the Derwent Valley flight in February due to the Covid lockdown, his mum Elaine contacted the Heights of Abraham to try and purchase some goodies for his birthday.

The company were happy to provide a cable car goodie bag, a personal signed photo of a cable car engineering team, and an invitation to push the button on reopening day.

Brandon and Elaine arrived at the Heights of Abraham cable car base station at 9.30am on Monday, April 12 for a short training session with the cable car engineers before pressing the button in the control room at 10am precisely. He was joined by Rupert (Heights Director) and Sophie Pugh along with daughter Georgie for the short ceremony.

Brandon was presented with a goody bag of Heights of Abraham souvenirs.

After the ceremony Brandon and his family travelled on the cable car to the summit to explore the 60 acre estate and woodland playground.

Elaine Baines said; “Brandon knows no fear. He told me he loves the cable cars because they move, they’re high, and they lead to a castle. This is a dream come true for him, it’s wonderful to see him so excited”.

Rupert Pugh said; “The 2021 tourism season is finally underway here in Derbyshire’s Peak District and we’re delighted that Brandon is able to join us”.

To celebrate the reopening a special ‘Outdoor Period’ cable car ticket that allows access to the 60-acre hilltop park, two adventure playgrounds, heritage trails, gardens and viewpoints is being launched.

The Vista Restaurant, Bar and Terrace Café will be open for take-away, outdoor and terrace dining and refreshments overlooking the spectacular Derwent Valley. New sheltered areas have been constructed for family and friends to meet, relax and take in the views. All picnic sites will also be open, and guests are welcome to bring their own food or purchase picnic goodies, cakes and snacks from the café.

The High Falls, Summit and Tavern Gift Shops will be open for business.