Peak District on film

Derbyshire and the Peak District are very beautiful and it seems that Hollywood has noticed. Many movie and television makers take advantage of this beauty in the production of films and TV series.

There are many websites that offer much more information – try IMDB or Wikipedia.

Below are details of just a selection:

Calver Mill, Hope Valley

Calver Mill (1785, rebuilt 1805) has recently been converted into luxury apartments but in it’s past was a cotton mill and a TV set.

  • Colditz (1972) TV Series – used for some of the exterior shots of Colditz Castle.

Carsington Water, Carsington

With it’s visitor centre and country park Severn Trent’s reservoir Carsington Water is a popular day out, including for:

  • Time Team (2003) TV Episode

Chatsworth House, Edensor

Chatsworth House pictured through the Emperor F ountain

Chatsworth House pictured through the Emperor Fountain

Chatsworth House, Gardens and Estate are absolutely amazing and have been used by many a director to capture the grandeur of days gone by.

  • Death Comes to Pemberley (2013) TV Series
  • Jane Eyre (2011) Movie – starring Mia Wasikowska and Jamie Bell
  • The Wolf Man (2009) Movie
  • The Duchess (2008) Movie – starring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes about the life of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire
  • Buildings That Shaped Britain (2006): The Country House TV Episode
  • Jane Eyre (2006) TV Series
  • Pride & Prejudice (2005) Movie – as the exterior of Mr Darcy’s Pemberley
  • In Denial of Murder (2004) TV
  • Britain’s Finest (2003) TV Series
  • The House Detectives (1999) TV Series
  • Interceptor (1989) TV Series
  • The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1986) TV Episode
  • Lady Jane (1986) Movie

The Dales

The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) movie also made use of the amazing scenery of Cavedale near Castleton and Dovedale near Ilam. These are just two of the many gorgeous dales and valleys in Derbyshire and the Peak District.

The Derwent Valley

When Did You Last See Your Father (2007) movie starring Colin Firth, Jim Broadbent and Juliet Stevenson was filmed in the Cromford, the upper Derwent Valley and Stanage Edge.

Elvaston Castle

Elvaston Castle

Elvaston Castle Country Park, Derby

Elvaston Castle is a beautiful old house which sadly finds itself in a poor situation today.

  • Women in Love (1969) Movie

Haddon Hall, Bakewell

As a fortified medieval manor house Haddon Hall is often used to show the grittier side of country house living in past times.

  • The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) Movie – starring Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson and Eric Bana about two sisters vying for the affection of King Henry VIII
  • Buildings That Shaped Britain (2006): The Country House TV Episode
  • Blakelow Bear enjoying Haddon Hall

    Blakelow Bear enjoying Haddon Hall

    Jane Eyre (2006) TV Series – used as Thornfield Manor

  • Elizabeth (1998) Movie
  • The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders (1996) TV
  • Jane Eyre (1996) Movie
  • The Prince and the Pauper (1996) TV
  • The Silver Chair (1990) TV
  • Interceptor (1989) TV Series
  • The Lady and the Highwayman (1989) TV
  • The Princess Bride (1987) Movie
  • The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1986) TV Episode
  • Lady Jane (1986) Movie

Hadfield, High Peak

Not to everybody’s taste the BBC’s League of Gentlemen uses Hadfield as Roytson Vasey – beware “Welcome to Royston Vasey. You’ll never leave”!

  • The League of Gentlemen’s Apocalypse (2005) Movie
  • The League of Gentlemen (various) TV Series
Kedleston Hall

Kedleston Hall

Kedleston Hall, Derby

A National Trust property Kedleston Hall is another beautiful example of Derbyshire country house living.

  • The Duchess (2008) Movie
  • Jane Eyre (2006) TV Series
  • Peak Practice (1993) TV Episode
  • Boon (1986) TV Episode
  • Nanny (1981) TV Series
  • Women in Love (1969) Movie

North Lees Hall, Hathersage

In a remote, gritty corner of the Dark Peak North Lees Hall makes a perfect location for the dark “spooky” shots in some really great movies.

  • The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) Movie
  • Pride & Prejudice (2005) Movie
617 Squadron Lancaster bomber over Ladybower dam

617 Squadron Lancaster bomber over Ladybower dam

The Reservoirs including Ladybower Reservoir

Some of aerial shots in The Dam Busters (1955) movie were filmed around Derwent Reservoir, Howden Reservoir and Ladybower Reservoir in the Peak District National Park.

Wingfield Manor, South Wingfield

An English Heritage site Wingfield Manor, now just a ruin, was where Earl of Shrewsbury imprisoned Mary Queen of Scots in the 16th century.

  • Jane Eyre (2006) TV Series
  • Jane Eyre (1996) Movie
  • Peak Practice (1993) Movie