Bench at Surprise View, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK...

If you drive along the A6187 from Sheffield towards Hathersage you will pass the Fox House Inn, Longshaw and Lawrence Field probably without really noticing unless you are looking for them. Then as a sharp right hand bend appears through a small gap in the rocks a view across the Hope Valley opens out majestically in front of you known as Surprise View.

If you are driving, be very sure to concentrate on the road which now drops gently below Millstone Edge and towards Hathersage.

From the corner a wonderful vista opens up that takes in the Derwent Valley, the Hope Valley from Hathersage to Hope and Castleton, the Great Ridge (Lose Hill to Mam Tor), Win Hill and Kinder.

It's a view that cannot possibly be taken in when driving along and, like the Lake District version, is easily accessible on foot from a large car park provided a few hundred metres away back along the A6187...

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