CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Derbyshire Life today CLICK HERE

20 famous film locations in Derbyshire and the Peak District

PUBLISHED: 09:04 19 October 2015 | UPDATED: 19:07 10 January 2016

Chatsworth

Chatsworth

Derbyshire’s grand country houses, charming towns and villages and beautiful countryside have formed the backdrop for Hollywood films, period dramas and memorable television moments

Chatsworth House
This magnificent seat of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire has played host to the film version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, when the film-makers chose Chatsworth as the fictional Pemberley. It was also the classic setting for The Duchess (Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes), and the BBC for its adaptation of Jane Eyre. In 2010, ithe House was transformed into the crumbling Talbot Hall for The Wolfman.

Haddon Hall
The glorious seat of the Manners family since 1567, this beautiful medieval manor house has in latter years almost taken on the mantle of a television and film studio. It has played host to ITV’s Moll Flanders (whose author Daniel Defoe could reasonably count himself as the first Peak District tourist) and episodes of The Inspector Lynley Mysteries. BBC productions include gems such as Prince and the Pauper and Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair. It has featured in no less than three versions of Jane Eyre, including the 2011 hit starring Michael Fassbender. Films such as Pride and Prejudice, The Princess Bride, The Other Boleyn Girl and Elizabeth (starring Cate Blanchett) were also shot here.

Stanage Edge
The large gritstone edges that overlook Hathersage found fame on the big screen as the scenic spot where a windswept Elizabeth Bennet (Keira Knightley) dreamed of Mr Darcy in the 2005 film version of Pride and Prejudice.

Hardwick Hall
The impressive house near Chesterfield, constructed by Bess of Hardwick in the 1590s, doubled up as the dark and sinister Malfoy Manor in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Film-makers loved the building’s huge windows and six-tower skyline. Exterior shots were filmed from a helicopter and the Hall was photographed and measured inside to help shoot indoor scenes at the studio.

Derwent and Howden Reservoirs and Dams
The upper two dams of the Upper Derwent Valley were used by the RAF 617 Squadron during the Second World War, as training grounds for the crucial attack on dams in the German Ruhr Valley. The twin towers of the dams were chosen for practice with a specially made bombsight used for targeting the Barnes Wallis-designed ‘Bouncing Bomb’. The 1954 film The Dam Busters starring Michael Redgrave and Richard Todd immortalised the raid and many of the scenes were shot in the area. Visit the nearby museum dedicated to the pilots and the film, see www.dambusters.org.uk.

Hayfield
On the western side of Kinder Scout, Hayfield is probably best known as the birthplace of Arthur Lowe, who played the bumbling Captain Mainwaring in the long-running BBC TV comedy Dad’s Army. More recently, however, Hayfield assumed a new fame as the setting for the gritty blockbuster BBC1 TV drama series, The Village, shot in 2013 and starring John Simm, Maxine Peake, Juliet Stevenson and Annabelle Apsion.

Longnor
Peak Practice, the ITV medical drama which ran from 1993 to 2002, was set in the fictional village of Cardale. Crich, Fritchley and Ashover also featured in the series, but it was the village of Longnor which became favoured for the twelfth and final run. The old Market Hall, built in 1873, was joined by the 17th century Horseshoe Inn. The Crewe and Harpur Arms ‘starred’ as the Cardale Tearooms. Longnor was also turned into Lambton by the BBC for the 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, and was the backdrop for physcological thriller The Holding, released in 2011.

Hadfield
The High Peak village near Glossop doubled up as Royston Vasey in BBC TV’s darkly satiric The League of Gentlemen. Shopfronts were transformed for the role - the old fishmonger’s became a veterinary surgery and JW Mettricks butchers became Hilary Briss’ sausage shop.

Kedleston Hall
The 18th century mansion with Adam interiors and parkland was used as a key location for Hollywood blockbuster The Duchess, starring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes (2008). It was also the location for Ken Russell’s adaptation of DH Lawrence’s Women in Love (1969, which also featured Elvaston Castle near Derby), and used as a location for scenes in And When Did You Last See Your Father? (2007, starring Colin Firth and Jim Broadbent). Other locations in the film included Cromford and Snake Pass.

Lyme Park
Now perhaps one of the region’s most recognisable television backdrops, Lyme achieved immortality as the location for ‘that’ famous lake scene starring actor Colin Firth, who emerged dripping wet in white shirt and breeches in the BBC TV drama Pride and Prejudice (1995). Lyme also featured in thriller The Awakening in 2011.

North Lees Hall
This glorious mansion was once visited by Charlotte Bronte in 1845, and it is thought the hall and the surrounding areas were her inspiration for Thornfield Hall in Jane Eyre. Parts of the hall were used for filming Pride and Prejudice (2005, starring Keira Knightley, Matthew MacFadyen and Dame Judi Dench) and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008, starring Cate Blanchett).

Dovedale, Lindale and Ilam Hall
The stunning White Peak landscapes have featured in the 2010 version of Robin Hood starring Russell Crowe, Jane Eyre (BBC TV series, 2006) and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008).

Sudbury Hall
Sudbury Hall - country home of the Lords Vernon and now owned by the National Trust - was used for the interior shots of Pemberley House in the BBC’s 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Erle.

Raper Lodge Bridge, near Youlgrave
The film adaptations of DH Lawrence’s The Virgin and The Gypsy (Franco Nero and Honor Blackman in 1970) and Women in Love (1969), which is famous - or infamous - for Oliver Reed and Alan Bates’s nude wrestling scene, both utilised locations such as Raper Lodge.

Matlock Bath
Next to the River Derwent, Matlock Bath was the location for Derbyshire director Nick Whitfield’s award-winning debut film, Skeletons (2010), a quirky cult film that was awarded Best New British Film at the Edinburgh Film Festival.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Derbyshire Life and Countryside visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Derbyshire Life and Countryside staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Derbyshire Life and Countryside account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Out & About

A ten-minute drive from the western edge of Sheffield brings thrill-seekers to a Derbyshire valley where outdoor activities are thriving.

Read more

Andrew Griffiths meets Jim Dixon, the former Chief Executive Officer of the Peak District National Park.

Read more

This walk offers a dance with the Dove and a meander by the Manifold, whilst along the way passing a church, castle remains, country houses and a hollow way

Read more

With winter on the horizon, trees glow with colour, migratory birds arrive and house spiders set off in search of a mate

Read more

Ann Hodgkin investigates a case of the sincerest form of flattery… or industrial espionage!

Read more

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s vision is of landscapes rich in wildlife, valued by everyone. They will achieve this 
by pursuing their mission of creating Living Landscapes. Here Julia Gow, the White Peak Reserve Officer at Derbyshire Wildlife Trust tells us about the reserve above the River Wye

Read more

Nigel Powlson visits Sudbury where a shopping courtyard is attracting even more visitors to this quintessential English village

Read more

If you’re walking in the Peak District, the chances are that you could encounter a reservoir at some point during your ramble. There are dozens of resevoirs dotted around all corners of the national park, we pick some of our favourite walks from our archive.

Read more
Peak District

A five-year Heritage Lottery-funded scheme, launched in 2010, was designed to encourage the restoration and conservation of the distinctive landscape character of a large area of north-east Derbyshire.

Read more

Enjoy the wonder of woodland in our glorious Derwent Valley on this park and ride special.

Read more

Paul Hobson reveals some of the fascinating wildlife there is to be found in this month of transition

Read more

From far away constellations to gas clouds, our night skies are bursting with natural wonders – if you know where to look... Viv Micklefield goes stargazing in Derbyshire

Read more

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust works across six Living Landscapes with 46 nature reserves to ensure there is wildlife and wild places for everyone. Reserve officer Sam Willis tells us about one of his favourite places – Ladybower Wood Nature Reserve

Read more

A multi-million pound makeover attracts more leading brands to one of the UK’s biggest shopping destinations

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy


Subscribe or buy a mag today

Topics of Interest


Local Business Directory


Property Search