How about Chatsworth House of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice fame, medieval and Tudor Haddon Hall, National Trust places, including Stunning Ilam, Sudbury Museum of Childhood or the ‘horticultural Disneyland’ that is Biddulph Grange? How about the greatest haul of Anglo Saxon gold ever discovered aka The Staffordshire Hoard, or The Potteries, the world’s home to industrial ceramic manufacture, or Cromford, UNESCO site and home to Arkwright’s mills, his spinning Jenny and their role in the industrial revolution.

National Trust

Peak District Walks Ilam
Ilam

There are lots of National Trust properties to visit with stunning architecture and beautiful grounds. There is something for everyone: Ilam, Calke Abbey, Kedleston Hall, Hardwick Hall, Sudbury Hall and the Museum of Childhood, Shugborough, Little Moreton Hall and Biddulph Grange. For more information and for opening times, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk.

Chatsworth

Chatsworth House, thought to be Mr Darcy’s Pemberley in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, has more than 30 richly decorated rooms, a glorious garden with fascinating waterworks, a farmyard and woodland adventure playground. Or you can simply park up and enjoy the sweeping grounds. Visit www.chatsworth.org for more information.

They gradually ascended for half a mile, and then found themselves at the top of a considerable eminence, where the wood ceased, and the eye was instantly caught by Pemberley House, situated on the opposite side of a valley, into which the road with some abruptness wound. It was a large, handsome, stone building, standing well on rising ground, and backed by a ridge of high woody hills;—and in front, a stream of some natural importance was swelled into greater, but without any artificial appearance. Its banks were neither formal, nor falsely adorned. Elizabeth was delighted. She had never seen a place where nature had done more, or where natural beauty had been so little counteracted by an awkward taste. They were all of them warm in their admiration; and at that moment she felt that to be mistress of Pemberley might be something![ 

Jjane Austen (1813).

Haddon Hall

Haddon Hall, a Medieval and Tudor manor house, is situated close to the popular market town of Bakewell. It is untouched by time, with beautiful terraced gardens. www.haddonhall.co.uk


Lud’s Church

A sacred grove near Gradbach, Staffordshire – located here, park under The Roaches or the car park near Gradbach.

A magical walk through forest and then suddenly down into a wide, and eerily long chasm in the rocks where the sunlight can’t reach but the mossy rocks are a work of art.

Lud’s Church

There are so many legacies here, is it named after Celtic god Llud or was this the church of Walter de Lud-Auk and the Lollards, the persecuted religious movement active from the mid-14th century? Robin Hood, and Bonny Price Charlie are also supposed to have hidden out here and and the chasm has been identified by some as the Green Chapel mentioned in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the classic 15th-century poem.

The knight spurs his charger and comes to that knoll,
Gracefully alights and to a lime tree attaches
The reins which he ties round a rough branch.
Then he bears to that barrow and he walks about it,
Debating with himself what it might be.
It had a hole at one end, and on either side,
And overgrown with grass that grew everywhere,
And was all hollow within, nought but an old cave,
Or a crevice of an old crag, he could not find the words
to tell.
“Oh lord”, said the gentle knight,
“Have I found the Green Chapel?
Might I around midnight
Hear the matins of the Devil?”

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, translated by Michael Smith

Tamworth Castle

The warrior queen Aethelflaed, daughter of Alfred the Great, was born at the height of Viking invasions and fought off Viking attacks many times over. She went on to become the only female Angle Saxon ruler. Her statue was erected last year at Tamworth Castle, and her legacy is being explored in a new exhibition at the castle, dedicated to the area’s Anglo Saxon Heritage.

The Staffordshire Hoard

The largest hoard of Anglo Saxon gold ever discovered was unearthed in Staffordshire. It was discovered in 2009 in a field near the village of Hammerwich, near Lichfield, which was once part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia. It can be seen in The Potteries Museum and Art gallery, as well as in a new temporary exhibition at Tamworth Castle, from summer 2019.