Pride and Prejudice and the Peak District: 6 things I learned about Jane Austen’s setting

While away on a long weekend away in the Peak District National Park in Derbyshire I learned a few things.

1. The scenery is breathtaking.

Sunrise over Hope Valley and The Great Ridge from Mam Tor, Peak District National Parkcredit: Chris Hepburn/Getty

2. Parking meters turn up everywhere. (Even the middle of nowhere.)

3. Sweet shops aren’t extinct.

The Sweet Emporium in BakewellThe Sweet Emporium in Bakewell

4. Residents of a village called Hope can say they ‘live in Hope’. (Hehe!)

5. Independent stores still exist. (There were two bookshops in one village!)

The Bakewell Book & Gift Shop

6. Chatsworth House was inspiration for Darcy’s Pemberley.

So naturally Chatsworth was used to represent Pemberley in the 2005 film adaption starring Matthew Macfadyen as Darcy and Kiera Knightly as Elizabeth.

Chatsworth House as Pemberley in Pride and Prejudice

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3 thoughts on “Pride and Prejudice and the Peak District: 6 things I learned about Jane Austen’s setting

    1. We didn’t get out and walk too much this time due to medical issues, but I finally understand why people decide to just go for a drive rather than having a particular destination in mind.

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