Beautiful photos of the Peak District

The heather-clad Slat Cellar in the Derwent Valley in the Peak District. Peak District Photos
Stunning sunset over the Slat Cellar, a weathered rock formation on Derwent Edge, in the Upper Derwent Valley. Credit: Helen Hotson/Alamy

We explore the picturesque villages and countryside of the Peak District, which inspired both Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte – take your own imaginary tour with these stunning Peak District photos

The natural beauty of the Peak District, a bucolic region of central England that mostly falls in Derbyshire, is hard to deny. Its landscape is punctuated by steep valleys, dramatic ridges and moorland plateaus, all of which led to it being named Britain’s first National Park in 1951.

There are two distinct areas of the park: the green valleys and limestone caves of the White Peak and the wilder heather-clad, weather-beaten open spaces of the Dark Peak – the very backdrop that Charlotte Brontë described in her seminal novel, Jane Eyre.

Charlotte Brontë isn’t the only British writer to find inspiration here – it’s believed that Jane Austen stayed at either the Rutland Arms in Bakewell or Haddon Hall in Rowsley when writing Pride and Prejudice. Whatever the truth, Pemberley is most certainly based on Chatsworth and Bakewell was portrayed as Lambton in the book.

Scroll through these stunning Peak District photos

For the full feature on the Peak District see the Nov/Dec 2017 (Jan 18 in the US) issue of BRITAIN