National Trust’s Lyme Park, on the western edge of the Peak District, is said to be a modest version of Chatsworth.

But that might not be entirely fair. Lyme Park is a memorable estate in its own right.

Lyme was the home of the Legh family for 600 years and, in its heyday a great sporting estate.

Nowadays it is a top visitor attraction in the area, set in an rural idyll of gardens, parkland and moorland.

The imposing Hall is a leading example of the Palladian style and many will remember that it featured as ‘Pemberley’ in the 1995 BBC adaption of Pride and Prejudice.

The design of the 15-acre garden is in the High Victorian Style. It has an orangery and a ‘Dutch’ garden.

There is also a woodland garden in a ravine, a lake, a lime avenue and an herbaceous border.

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The 1.400-acre park with its medieval herd of red deer offers excellent short walks and viewpoints.

Follow in the footsteps of Mr Darcy and Miss Bennet and enjoy a 2-mile Pemberley trail through the park.

Discover some of the idyllic filming locations from the 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.

If you fancy a longer stroll, then head to the old quarry of Black Rock. Just a couple of miles east of Lyme Park.

High Peak Trail

It is a popular picnic spot with a 4-mile forest trail over Cromford Moor and access to the High Peak Trail.

The High Peak Railway line first opened in 1831 and was designed to carry minerals and goods between Cromford Canal and the Peak Forest Canal.

Following the closure of the line, the Peak District National Park bought the route in 1971 and turned it into a traffic free trail for walkers and cyclists.

Peak District Boundary

You could also join the Peak District Boundary walk at Lyme Park.

This is a circular 190-mile walking trail in Derbyshire, starting and finishing at Buxton and broadly following the boundary of the Peak District.

Stage 19 of the Boundary walk passes Lyme Park. This 9,5-mile section starts in Bollington and ends in Whaley Bridge.

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