Live on the edge... visit the Peak District
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Often overlooked, but boasting breath-taking scenery and an abundance of cultural opportunities, the Peak District should be a definite contender if you’re looking to get away for the weekend. Why? Well there are the Bakewell Tarts, to start with... 1. The Great Outdoors The Peak District National Park extends across northern Derbyshire, into parts of West Yorkshire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Staffordshire, and is the second most visited National Park in the world – allegedly, after that which contains Mount Fuji in Japan. It’s easy to see why the area holds such an attraction: caving, abseiling, kayaking and mountain biking are all outdoorsy activities that you can pursue here... if you’re into that sort of thing. If you’re feeling less adventurous, you could just walk – the scenery is quite nice... 2. The Film Connection Did you know that the Peak District has been the shooting location for some of the biggest British films of recent years? Nope, us neither. And then we went there and discovered Chatsworth House, setting for 2005’s Pride & Prejudice. And Kedleston Hall, where they filmed The Duchess. And Haddon – setting for three versions of Jane Eyre, plus the discovery of Lizzie Bennett’s trampy, I’ve-just-failed-to-elope little sister Lydia in, yes, 2005 Pride and Prejudice. Can you see a theme emerging? Haddon, which dates from the 11th century, is currently holding an exhibition of costumes from every version of Jane Eyre that has been filmed there – Franco Zefferelli’s 1995 film, the 2006 BBC mini-series and the 2011 film starring Mia Wasikowska. Also, at the Peacock Hotel at Rowsley you can flick through the guestbook until you find the signature of the actual Colin Firth, who had a stay that was “marvellous, as always.” I recommend you do this. It's a highlight.
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