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Towns & Villages

The Peak District is home to bustling market towns, quintessential villages bursting with traditional culture.

Towns

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Bakewell

Distance: 8 miles from the Park.

This prosperous country town on the River Wye has everything – lovely riverside walks, heritage and history (including the wonderful All Saints’ Church and the fascinating Old House Museum), lots of independent shops, art galleries, restaurants and cafés. It is the only place to sample the town’s eponymous delicacy, Bakewell Pudding, and is also renowned for its livestock market.

Jane Austen stayed at the Rutland Arms Hotel and immortalised the town as Lambton in Pride and Prejudice.

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Ashbourne

Distance: 9 miles from the Park.

The cobbled market place, medieval streets, hidden alleys and yards are a delight to explore. Boasting a wide range of restaurants, cafés, including the famous Ginger Bread shop, as well as family friendly pubs, there is something for every budget and taste.

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Matlock & Matlock Bath

Distance: 10 miles from the Park.

Matlock, the county town of Derbyshire, is a former spa town situated at a sharp bend in the River Derwent. Just down river of the main town lies Matlock Bath, which is enclosed by the limestone cliffs of the gorge and contains the main tourist attractions of the locality.

Matlock has good facilities for shopping, leisure and recreation. Enjoy a stroll in the wonderful Hall Leys Park, with its miniature railway and paddling pool. Other activities include boating on the lake, tennis, crazy golf, skateboarding and outdoor bowling.

Matlock Bath offers unique tourist attractions including, the Heights of Abraham, the Mining Museum, the National Stone Centre, and the fascinating aquarium set in a former Victorian swimming pool. With fish and chips shops, amusement arcades and numerous cafes it’s a fun day out.

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Buxton

Distance: 11 miles from the Park.

Tourists have been coming to the Georgian spa town of Buxton since the 14th Century and it remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Peak District. Its famous Georgian and Victorian architecture provides an impressive backdrop to a rich and vibrant range of music, theatre and festivals. Added to all this there is the stunning ornamental Pavilion Gardens and The Crescent (Grade 1 listed).

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Chesterfield

Distance: 18 miles from the Park.

Climb the Tower of the ‘Crooked Spire’, browse the market, walk alongside the Canal, book an evening at the theatre, or sink a pint of real ale in one of the local pubs.

Pick up a Town Trail from the Visitor Information Centre and discover some of the less well known, but equally interesting, places of interest in the town centre, such as Secker’s House and number 2 St Mary’s Gate.

Villages

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Hartington

Distance: 3.5 miles from the Park.

Set in the central section of the Dove Valley, this picturesque village set around a pretty duck pond is a gem. With farmland to its doorstep, the village is home to the famous The Old Cheese Shop, as well as tea rooms, cafés, pubs and shops and is also a good starting point for Beresford Dale walks.

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Tissington

Distance: 5 miles from the Park.

Whichever way you enter the Jacobean village of Tissington, you get a pleasant surprise. 
It’s as near to a rural idyll as you can get. An elegant avenue of lime trees leads to pretty cottages with broad wayside lawns on one side of the village and approaching from the other side you drive through a beautiful ford and farmland. With its duck pond and beautiful cottages built around a noble old hall, old-fashioned sweet shop and traditional tea rooms, it really is picture perfect.

Tissington is also famous for its historic wells; it’s believed local residents escaped the Black Death because of the purity of the village’s water supply. The wells are celebrated in Tissington’s annual Well-Dressing Festival.

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Brassington

Distance: 7 miles from the Park.

An attractive limestone village, set on a hillside with winding little streets, Brassington is in a remote corner of Derbyshire. The rough ground to the east, west and north of the village has the hillocks and hollows of hundreds of abandoned mines. There are many strange rock formations round the village at Rainster Rocks and Hipley Hill.

The characterful Miner’s Arms is an ideal starting point for walking in the area, or a stop off for visiting nearby Carsington Water.

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Ilam

Distance: 8 miles from the Park.

The picturesque English village of Ilam (pronounced eye-lamb) nestles beside the River Manifold among spectacular hills, close to the famous Dovedale Gorge. It has Alpine-style cottages, a mansion and a winding river and is set against the soft green backdrop of Bunster Hill, Thorpe Cloud and tumbling pastures.

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Ashford-In-The-Water

Distance: 9 miles from the Park.

Picturesque Ashford in the Water’s much-photographed medieval Sheepwash Bridge has been named by VisitEngland as the best location in the country to play Poohsticks. With its lovely limestone cottages and beautifully-tended gardens, it’s now hard to imagine that the village was once the centre of production for Ashford Black Marble.

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Cromford

Distance: 10 miles from the Park.

Cromford is steeped in industrial history and often called the cradle of the Industrial Revolution. Sir Richard Arkwright established a water-powered cotton spinning mill here in 1771.

Set in a valley surrounded by wooded hills and cliffs, bordered by the River Derwent to the east and vast quarries to the west, there are lovely walks that have extensive views of the village and beyond.

The Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site has a fascinating range of activities for all the family; take a guided narrow boat ride along the canal to experience the extraordinary history of the area. There are plenty of walks, trails, shops and places to eat to keep the whole family entertained.

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Edensor

Distance: 12 miles from the Park.

Specially commissioned by the 6th Duke of Devonshire, the custom-built village of Edensor (pronounced ‘Enza’) in Chatsworth Park features a delightful hotch-potch of traditional house designs, from mock Tudor to Swiss cottage.

The 6th Duke decided to demolish the old estate village and rebuild it out of sight in the 19th century, because it spoiled his view of the estate from Chatsworth. Access then, as now, was through a white estate gate Edensor Tea Cottage is housed in the old post office and open all year round.

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Eyam

Distance: 15 miles from the Park.

Eyam is one of the best-preserved villages in the vicinity; it went into voluntary quarantine when the plague was rife to prevent it spreading. As a result it is known as the ‘plague village’ the museum tells its fascinating story.  Eyam Moor is a fine area for walking, with good views across the Derwent valley and many Bronze Age remains and monuments.

Eyam only has one pub, The Miner’s Arms. This is dated 1630 and is the former meeting place of the Barmote Court, which dealt with lead mining disputes. It is also reputed to be one of the most haunted buildings in Derbyshire, which has to be reason enough to visit!

Whilst every effort is made to keep the information on the AREA GUIDE of this site up to date we recommend you don’t rely solely on the information provided, before setting out on a journey to visit a particular attraction.

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