Castleton in the Hope Valley, a centre for walking in the Peak District.
Edale with Kinder Scout in the background.
It's all very peaceful now there are no Lancaster bombers dropping dummy 'bouncing bombs'.
This is a very popular area for rock cl;imbing and walking.
The Painted Hall which looks very thatrical.
Lady Georgiana (Spencer), wife of the 5th Duke.
Out of the window there's a great view of the park.
The view from the south elevation looking towards the Emperor Fountain.
Water plays a huge part in the design of the gardens. This is the Willow Tree Fountain, fed, like all the water features, by gravity. It is over 400 years old.
The Emperor fountain was built in the 1840's. It can reach 90ft in height, though is usually played at half this height.
Rolling hills and fields above Bradwell.
Treescape in the Derwent Valley
View from the Edge. The rock column on the left is where Keira Knightley stood during the filming of Pride and Prejudice.
In the air the Curlew is such a wonderful sight.
This hall is the first step in the journey to the state apartments.
The State Drawing Room hung with tapestries made around 1635.
Georgiana as Goddess Diana.
The Great Dining Room.
The Cascade, completed in 1711.
The present Duke (the twelfth) cast in bronze.
Typical High Peak scenery in the Hope Valley.
Looking back along the ridge Line towards Mam Tor, Brown Knoll in the background.
From Hathersage a path winds up to Stanage Edge. Charlotte Bronte is said to have walked in this area.
Looking along the ridge towards Mam Tor.
Chatsworth - one of the great British houses which has been in the Cavendish family for 5 centuries.
Magnificent painting on the ceiling.
State Music Room which is very sumptuous and rich.
A whole wall full of paintings line the stairwell of the Oak stairs..
View from the cascade temple.
The gardens at Chatsworth are a delight.
Lady Cavendish, wife of the present Duke.
Chatsworth - a magnificent house in a beautiful setting.
Walking up the Edale Valley.
North Lees Hall, which is thought to have been an inspiration for Thornfield Hall in Bronte's 'Jane Eyre'.
In the open countryside beneath Stanage Edge you can hear Curlew calling - a very evocative sound.
A classical statue guards one of the entrances to the house.
Looking back down the hall.
What looks like a real violin hanging on a door is actually a painting - a trompe l'oeil on a real door.
One of the guest bedrooms.
The table is laid out as it would have been for a Royal banquet. Note the upside down forks.
Morton's Pond - a calm, reflective place away from the crowds.
The gardens are maintained by a team of 18 gardeners and trainees.
The South front of the house.
Looking towards Edale from Mam Tor
The dam wall of Howden Reservoir. During the Second World War, this together with the next reservoir down, Derwent, was used used by Barnes Wallace to develop the famous Bouncing Bomb.
The gritstone cliffs of Stanage Edge.
It was breeding season and this Curlew had a chick close by.
Chatsworth makes an impressive statement in the landscape.
The Great Stairs lead on up to the State Apartment.
Intricate wood carving. A distant relative of mine, Samuel Watson, made many of the wood carvings to be found at Chastsworth in the late 17th, early 18th centuries.
Another bedroom features hand painted Chinese wallpaper.
The sculpture gallery contains many classical style sculptures. This one is Achilles.
Looking down into the courtyard.
One of the many sculptures in the garden. This one is Barry Flannigan's 'Drummer', sited at the Grotto Pond.