Surprise View is a spectacular view point above Hathersage and is known for being one of the best viewpoints in the Peak District and also for being a great spot to sit and watch the sunset.
Other than being a great place to stop and soak up a wonderful view, you can also walk to a few places from that start point. For example, close by to the car park, if you head uphill in a northerly direction towards the back on the car park you can walk to the curiously shaped Mother Cap stone and some great views.
Also closeby is the famous gritstone edge, famous amongst climbers, Stanage Edge. A certainly Keira Kneightly was famously snapped here standing, windswept on the edge, longing for her beloved Mr Darcy in the film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.
Alternatively, you can take the path out of the left end of the car park follow this to the right. After approximately five hundred metres you can start to head for another prominent selection of rocks called Over Owler Tor, which is also a very photogenic part of the Peak District.
After you witness the sunset, Surprise View is also one of the official ‘Dark Skies’ stargazing spots, so if it’s a clear night you could enjoy the wonderfully bright stars in the Peak District dark skies.
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