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Peak District, England

Five fantastic viewpoints of the Peak District National Park

Posted by Luci Ackers on Jan 26, 2017
Five fantastic viewpoints of the Peak District National Park

With foggy skies and frozen grounds, now is the perfect time of year to go hunting for that ideal viewpoint. In the Peak District you are guaranteed to find some of the most atmospheric photo opportunities around.

We think these are the best sights near Blore Hall. But if you think you can prove us wrong why not post your own favourite shot up on our Facebook page? We'd love to see them!

Here are our top five viewpoints:

1. Mam Tor

Mam Tor is well known as one of the Peak District's most dramatic viewpoints. It stands above the valleys of Hope and Edale in Derbyshire, stretching to the Derwent Moors. There is a nice circular trail leading to its summit and from here you have the fantastic landscape of the Peak District stretching out before you. Due to its loose falling shale, the peak is sometimes known as the Shivering Mountain, the crumbling rocks creating an interesting effect as they slip into the valley below.

You can find directions for the circular walking route along this popular ridge on the National Trust website. It will take you about an hour's drive from Blore Hall.

2. Chatsworth House

The famous stately house in Derbyshire makes a spectacular view where it stands in beautiful grounds, fronted by the river Derwent and backed by tree-covered hillside. Chatsworth House was remodelled in the classical style between 1686 and 1707; it is magnificent, has received a number of famous guests, and is believed to have been the original inspiration for Austen's fictional Pemberley, more recently featuring in several adaptations of Pride and Prejudice as Mr. Darcy's stunning home.

Chatsworth house is roughly 45 minutes from Blore. Find opening times and prices on the website.

3. Heights of Abraham

This park is a hilltop attraction in Matlock Bath, accessed by gondola cable cars and consisting of 60 acres of park and woodland in which to wander and explore, plus two play areas and several picnic areas. The park originally opened in the Victorian period and, for a long time, was only accessible to those who could scale the steep slopes of Masson Hill. The cable cars were added in the 1980s and transport you from the valley floor, offering spectacular panoramas of the Derwent Valley and surrounding Peak District on your ascent. Once at the top, there are tours and exhibitions and walks to enjoy – all with fantastic scenery.

Bear in mind the attraction re-opens for the season in February. This time of year is perfect for looking down over the frosty landscape below. Find prices and opening times on the website.

4. Arbor Low Stone Circle and Gib Hill Barrow

Arbor Low is one of the finest Stone Age 'henge' monuments in the North of England. The views from the hill it is situated on are stunning on a clear day, and the bleak atmosphere when the weather is misty is just as good, so it will never fail to impress. The henge was an important focal point for the people of the time and is estimated to have been constructed around 2500 BCE. It consists of circular banks enclosing a central circular sanctuary, defined by the surrounding ditches. The central area is ringed by more than fifty limestone fallen slabs, arranged around its circumference. It makes for an interesting sight and if you're there as the fog rolls in it can be really atmospheric!

Now cared for by the English Heritage, Arbor Low is open and accessible for the public at most times throughout the year. You can find out more about this interesting place on the English Heritage website.

5. Dovedale

Dovedale is a beautiful little valley just a short distance from Blore Hall. This popular beauty spot is around three miles long and has been carved out of the countryside by the River Dove, which flows throw the valley on its journey through the southwestern Peak District. Now in the care of the National Trust, Dovedale is home to an iconic set of steppingstone that have been in place across the the water since Victorian times. If you're feeling up to it and they're not too icy, you can try crossing the river yourself. At the southern end of the valley Thorpe Cloud is a hill that rises from a picturesque wooded ravine. A walk to its summit is a popular route with day-trippers and provides beautiful panoramic views of the valley and outlying countryside.

You can find an excellent walk of about two and a half miles from Ilam Park that incorporates the Dovedale steppingstones on the National Trust website.

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Luci Ackers
Author: Luci Ackers

Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.

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