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Recent Derbyshire Blog Posts



Derbyshire is a county in the East Midlands of England. A substantial portion of the Peak District National Park lies within Derbyshire as do the southern Pennines range of hills which extends into the north of the county. The county also contains part of the National Forest.

The county offers Peak District scenery such as Mam Tor and Kinder Scout the Peak District National Park with its dales high peak’s and moorlands are a popular destination for walkers cyclists and hikers alike the picturesque wooded valleys with mountain streams are a delight to visit.

Derbyshire is a great destination for anybody interested in outdoor pursuits such as rock climbing, hill walking, hang gliding, caving, sailing on its many reservoirs, and cycling along the many miles of disused rail tracks that have been turned into cycle trails, such as the Monsal Trail and High Peak Trail

Derbyshire has many attractions for both tourists and local people alike. Towns such as Bakewell, Buxton and Derby attract plenty of visitors. Buxton is a Spa town and has many interesting buildings.

National Trust Properties that are open to the public include:
Calke Abbey
Hardwick Hall
High Peak Estate,
Ilam Park
Kedleston Hall
Longshaw Estate near Hathersage
Sudbury Hall on the Staffordshire border.

Other places of interest include Bolsover Castle, Castleton, Chatsworth House, Crich Tramway Museum, Peak Rail steam railway, and Midland Railway steam railway, Dovedale, Haddon Hall, the Heights of Abraham and Matlock Bath.

Notable gardens in Derbyshire include the formal gardens in the 17th–18th-century French style at Melbourne Hall south of Derby, the listed garden at Renishaw Hall near Eckington, Lea Rhododendron Gardens near Matlock, the Royal Horticultural Society recommended Bluebell Arboretum near Swadlincote, and the extensive gardens at Chatsworth House.

Literature and Film.

Jane Austen’s novel pride and prejudice placed pemeberley the country home of Fitzwilliam Darcy in Derbyshire

Sir Walter Scott's 1823 novel Peveril of the Peak is partly set in Derbyshire.

Arcadia, by Tom Stoppard, take place in the fictional country house of Sidley Park in Derbyshire.
Alfreton is mentioned in the novel Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence, when a character gets a train to Alfreton and walks to Crich to see a lover.

George Eliot's novel Adam Bede is set in a fictional town based on Wirksworth.

Women in Love by Ken Russell had various scenes filmed in and around Elvaston Castle, the Greco-Roman wrestling scene, was filmed in the castle's Great Hall.

The Princess Bride by Rob Reiner, starring Robin Wright and Cary Elwes, was partly filmed in Derbyshire. It included scenes at Haddon Hall and in the White Peak and Dark Peak.

Lair of the White Worm by Ken Russell, starring Hugh Grant, was filmed in Derbyshire. The opening title sequence is of Thor's Cave in the Manifold valley

Towns in Derbyshire

Activities in Derbyshire

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