Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Wandering Wednesday - Peak District, England

The Peak District is an area in central England filled with beautifully maintained country estates and rolling hills that Mitch and I drove through in March this year. As we were booked on a ferry to Ireland a couple of days later and so were on a strict timetable, we only had enough time to enjoy a couple of the many activities I would have loved to do. We based ourselves in the village of Disley, which was in a perfect location for exploring the area.

Considering we lugged our hiking boots all the way across the other side of the world, a short hike through the countryside was a must. There was still a little bit of snow left on the mountains after the unusually long, snowy winter that England and most of Europe had just come out of.

Deciding to escape the chilly temperatures outside, we visited two out of the many country estates that are open to the public: Lyme Park (aka Pemberley) and Chatsworth House.

Chatsworth House is also a filming location for Pride and Prejudice - the more recent (and can't even begin to compare to the BBC version in my personal opinion) film version starring Keira Knightley. It's much, much larger then Lyme Park and although Lyme Park was my pick out of the two (mostly because I just kept imagining the Colin Firth Mr Darcy wandering around), it was certainly much more impressive. The interior of the house and the grounds were spectacular.

Like so many other places I've visited, the Peak District is on my list to visit again - perhaps on my future (wishful) 'Jane Austen tour' of England...

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