Nature, history and a little Pride and Prejudice…


Just lately I’ve taken up brisk walking and running as a way of getting out and enjoying the great outdoors. A couple of weeks ago I headed out to Lyme Park, a beautiful estate on the fringe of England’s Peak District. It is now under the guardianship of the National Trust and encompasses almost 1,400 acres of beautiful parkland, moors and forest. If you’re lucky you may even spot the resident deer herd.

If the picture above has a familiar air then you may recognise it as Pemberley, the fictional country estate belonging to Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. The 1995 BBC adaptation starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle was partly filmed here, including the somewhat notorious scene of Mr Darcy coming out of the lake.

Lyme Park makes a great day trip. You can easily spend half a day wandering around the house and gardens. If you love the chance to dress up in period costume (think cravats and mop hats) then you can don the period dress and have your photo taken. The house is a great place to cool down on a hot day and take shelter from the rain if the weather turns nasty. The surrounding gardens are spectacular and range from more formal rose gardens to a wilder ravine with lush ferns and flowers, a traditional orangery and a gorgeous tiered Italian garden. The lawn outside the main house is a great spot for a picnic with views over a beautiful lake and of the house itself :



But it’s really the wider park which will keep you coming back time and time again. I followed the Pemberley Walk, a 2 mile trail through locations used in the BBC’s filming. The views as you climb up to Paddock Cottage are spectacular and on a sunny day you can see far across the Cheshire Plain and to Manchester. There are plenty of other walks too, including the hike up to the Cage for fantastic views across the Peak District and a walk up to Lantern Wood where you have the best chance of seeing the estate’s red deer herd.

You can of course just go off wandering your own path. The helpful folks in the information kiosk next to the car park will provide you with a free map and then you have numerous choices in which direction to walk. It’s a great place to cycle, with numerous marked trails, and if you fancy trying orienteering then the park organises regular sessions. The kids will love the Crow Wood playscape with exciting rope walks and a badger den plus a tree house to boot.

There really is something for everyone at Lyme Park. If you find yourself on a city break in Manchester or staying in the beautiful Peak District then be sure to spend a few hours here in the great outdoors!

17 thoughts on “Nature, history and a little Pride and Prejudice…

  1. This place looks lovely, especially on a sunny day! I live within an hours drive from here so it’s a shame I’ve never heard of it! I’ll have to have a day trip here and take my camera for those fantastic views!

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    1. Definitely do, it’s a great spot for the views – your camera will be busy!

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    2. Best part of outdoor fitness fun is the sites and scenery.

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  2. The pictures look amazing. Spectacular. I’m loving the scenery. I can feel it from here. Wishing this place is within reach for me to go in the near future. Sadly it isn’t.

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    1. I’m very lucky to have this beautiful place nearby.

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      1. You are very lucky. Make use of it

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  3. Britt | Alternatively Speaking June 10, 2018 — 5:00 pm

    Those photos are so beautiful, it looks like it would be even more amazing to see in person!
    Britt |

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    1. It is even better in person. I’ll probably write another post about it sometime and take photos of the wilder parts of the park.

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  4. Mmmm I’m old enough to remember that bit with Colin Firth coming out of the pond. Cough…looks a wonderful place and not that far from us really it could make a day out as were NT members! Definitely on my to do list!

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    1. On the Pemberley walk you pass that particular pond 😉

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  5. Oh wow! This place looks incredible. Will definitely have to visit if I’m ever that way. I love National trust places, they are always so beautiful.

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    1. It’s a great place for a day out when the sun shines!

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  6. lyndseyfitzgerald June 17, 2018 — 11:07 am

    It looks so pretty. I’d love to visit. Oh and I do recognise it from Pride & Prejudice one of my favourite films 💕

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    1. Thanks very much, it’s such a beautiful place 😊

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  7. Oh my, I would never want to leave! I really enjoyed the post.

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    1. Thank you! It’s a lovely place 😊

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