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The charm of Chatsworth

Walking holidays in the UKHave you been watching the new BBC TV programme on Chatsworth? This captivating three-part series has been taking a behind-the-scenes look at the day-to-day running of one of Britain’s greatest stately homes. Filmed in 2011, the programmes follow various members of the huge staffing team that help make the house such a popular visitor attraction.

Chatsworth stands in the centre of a 30,000 acre estate in the heart of the Peak District, where the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and the Dowager Duchess (dowager = the current Duke’s widowed mother), work with a staff of over 700 people who manage not only the house, but also gardens, farmyard, shops, holiday accommodation, pubs, restaurants and much more.

Walking holidays in the UKIf you missed the second episode (shown on Monday evening) you can watch it here. The third and final episode is being screened on Monday 28 May at 9.00pm on BBC1.

Watching it on TV is one thing, but being there in person is an altogether different experience. There’s plenty to see and do at Chatsworth, plus the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely walk in the surrounding beautiful countryside.

To discover the real essence of Britain’s first National Park, spend a few days exploring Chatsworth and the Peak District on a walk that links two market towns typical of the area, Hathersage and Castleton. Over three days of walking, you cross very diverse terrain, including the banks of the River Derwent, heather-clad moorland, panoramic gritstone edges and fertile farmland.

Posted: 24/05/2012 09:15:02 by | with 0 comments
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