Follow in the footsteps of legendary and literary greats, and create your very own love story amidst Derbyshire’s beautiful landscape, historic buildings and pretty villages.
1. Haddon Hall
The wild, windswept grit-stone edges that overlook Hathersage found fame on the big screen as the scenic spot where Elizabeth Bennett (played by Keira Knightley) dreamed of Mr Darcy in the 2005 film version of Pride and Prejudice. Renowned for its excellent rock-climbing, it’s also a popular location for walkers who can stroll whilst enjoying the spectacular far-reaching views.
3. Monsal Head
One of Derbyshire’s most famous beauty spots, Monsal Head is renowned for its magnificent views down Monsal Dale and up the Wye valley. With the river far below, winding through a steep-sided and often rocky valley, the idyllic panorama is interrupted by the imposing – yet awe-inspiring – Monsal Viaduct that once carried the Midland Railway line. The route of the former railway now forms part of the Monsal Trail – a much-loved, relatively flat route for walkers and cyclists.
5. Chatsworth House
The ‘jewel in the Peak District’s crown’ is also one of the area’s most romantic locations. Home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, Chatsworth’s glorious surroundings include a 1,000 acre park on the banks of the River Derwent, designed by ‘Capability’ Brown in the 1760s and often referred to as one of the most beautiful and historic man-made landscapes in Britain. Enjoy a romantic picnic in the park by the river, on the Salisbury Lawns in the gardens, or by the magnificent Emperor Fountain. Inside, there are over 30 rooms to explore, including regal State Rooms, the Painted Hall and sculpture gallery. Bakewell DE45 1PP, www.chatsworth.org
6. Calke Abbey
7. Bradford Dale and Lathkill Dales
With their clear blue waters, which cascade over a succession of small weirs, and their abundance of wild flowers and water-based birdlife, Lathkill Dale and Bradford Dale are two of the most beautiful valleys in the Derbyshire Dales. And the rivers that flow through them are two of the most elusive, because they have a habit of disappearing underground for long stretches and even drying up altogether in times of severe drought. The unspoilt scenery provides the ideal backdrop for a romantic walk and Coalpit Bridge at Lathkill Dale is one of the prettiest packhorse bridges in the Peak – providing a perfect photo opportunity.
8. Lyme Hall and Park, Disley
On the northern tip of the Peak District, Lyme Park is one of the area’s most recognisable television backdrops, achieving immortality as the location for ‘that’ famous lake scene starring actor Colin Firth, who emerged dripping wet in BBC’s Pride and Prejudice (1995). The lake stands in front of the fine Italianate house, restyled by Venetian architect Leoni and now owned by the National Trust. Highlights in the Park include an Edwardian rose garden and 170-year-old-plus giant red camellias. Disley SK12 2NR www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lyme
9. The Manifold Valley
Boasting some of the county’s finest scenery, the Manifold Valley is renowned for its pretty villages and quiet lanes. For a romantic walk or bike ride, the Manifold Track follows the old route of the disused Leek and Manifold Light Railway. It stretches for just over eight and a half miles from Waterhouses to Hulme End, and all but two miles are traffic-free and shared by walkers, cyclists and pony-trekkers. There are many paths and bridleways linking the Manifold Track to the surrounding limestone plateau where visitors can explore the rugged landscape and picturesque villages. Highlights include Thor’s Cave – approximately 250 feet up from the Track, where a steep walk is rewarded by spectacular views – plus the pretty villages of Alstonefield, Warslow and the charming village of Ilam with its Swiss chalet-style houses.
Credit for this article goes to Derbyshire Life.
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