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The beautiful Peak District is a region best explored by car. Many sights are inaccessible by public transport and many more are extremely difficult and time-consuming to reach without a car.

Here are some of the Peak District highlights you won’t want to miss. All are easily accessible by car and have excellent parking facilities:

Chatsworth House

Believed by many to have been the inspiration for Mr Darcy’s magnificent Pemberley home in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Chatsworth is as awe-inspiring today as ever. The seat of the Cavendish family from the 1550s, Chatsworth has an incredible art collection, beautiful gardens and enjoys a magnificent setting in the Peak District countryside. Visiting by car is a breeze and the site has extensive parking. There are guided tours of the house and grounds, and audio-tours are available for those who prefer to go at their own pace.

Lyme Park

Chatsworth might have been the original inspiration for Pemberley, but millions of viewers will recognise Lyme Park from the BBC’s adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. The 1995 drama series was partly filmed at Lyme Park, making this a special place of interest to Austen fans. There is plenty to see for non-fans, too, though. The house and gardens are set in acres of tranquil parkland and there is plenty of parking. This is one attraction you will definitely want to travel to by hire car as the driveway into the property stretches for over a mile. As well as the magnificently preserved house, immaculate gardens and rugged parkland, be sure to take a walk up the hill to the eerie-looking hunting house, The Cage.

Crich Tramway Village

Swap your car for a more whimsical mode of travel when you join in the fun at Crich Tramway Village. The National Tramway Museum is located here and is a great attraction for all ages to enjoy. There are vintage trams offering rides through restored period streets and countryside, and plenty of exhibitions to satisfy even the most avid transport enthusiasts. There are also opportunities for shopping and wining and dining, making this a great place to spend a day.

Haddon Hall

With a packed events calendar boasting a huge variety of fairs, tours, exhibitions and shows throughout the year, it is easy to see why Haddon Hall is one of the Peak District’s most popular attractions. This Medieval and Tudor mansion is frequently used as a location for films and TV shows, due to its picturesque setting and immaculate exterior. Parking here costs just £1.50 and there’s more than enough entertainment to keep you here for the whole day. There are guided tours of the house and grounds and rambling nature walks through the surrounding countryside for outdoors types.

The Heights of Abraham

The famous Heights of Abraham are a must for visitors to the Peak District. A return ride to the summit by cable car is an exhilarating way to see the best of the Peak District’s countryside. With spectacular views for miles around, this is one adventure you won’t forget in a hurry. Although there isn’t car parking on site, there are extensive parking facilities less than 200 yards away.

So why not hire a car and enjoy the peak district on four wheels. Perhaps even treat yourself to something sporty.www.torquecars.com can give you plenty of information on the best performance cars around today.

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