The Peak District contains a wealth of towns and villages, each with their own unique character. In the past, lead mining and agriculture were the principal sources of income, with some corn, flour and cotton milling providing employment here and there. Tourism has perhaps taken over from the mining and milling but agriculture still supports many local inhabitants.

Maps of the Peak District - Aqua3, waterproof Ordnance Survey maps. Also can order maps centered on a specific location e.g. Bakewell Landranger (1:50 000), Hathersage Explorer (1:25 000), White Peak map, OS Explorer series

Getting to these Peak District towns is most easily accomplished by car but is not impossible by public transport. The Peak District is well served by buses from East Midlands Airport and the nearest train station (times and booking here) which is Derby, as are the nearest National Express and Megabus terminals. From Derby, the bus takes about 40 minutes (bus timetable index here) to reach the southern fringes of the Peak Park, just over an hour to Bakewell and about 90 minutes to reach Buxton. Leaflets and brochures, plus local advice, accommodation booking and more can be obtained from the official tourist information centres.

  • Well Dressings - unique Derbyshire custom.
  • Places to eat - restaurants and pubs offereing food in and around the Peak District.
  • Pubs in and around the Peak District.
  • Estate agents in and around the Peak District.
  • Alport - peaceful and clean village with a toxic history.
  • Ashford-in-the-Water - a village that was well known in the past for its decorative marble.
  • Ashover - Amber valley village with a big history, home of the first Liquorice Allsort®!
  • Ashbourne - Bonnie Prince Charlie and the famous Shrovetide football match.
  • Bakewell - a fine market town with Saxon carvings at the church, the Bakewell Pudding and ducks galore to feed. Bakewell Plumbers.
  • Bamford - A brilliant centre for outdoors enthusiasts, situated on the side of moorland with extensive views of the hills surrounding the Hope and Edale valleys.
  • Baslow - occupied since the Bronze Age and convenient for Chatsworth House.
  • Belper - information about one of the key locations of the Derwent Valley World Heritage site. Not actually in the Peak District but is not far away!
  • Beeley - close to Chatsworth Park with a history that goes back to the Bronze Age.
  • Birchover - continuous occupation of the village site since Saxon times, nearby stone circles, a great eating pub and plenty of walks makes Birchover well worth a visit.
  • Bonsall - A centre of ancient industry, with magnificent views of the surrounding hills.
  • Buxton - an elegant Georgian & Victorian spa town in the High Peak of Derbyshire.
  • Cromford - Inventor Richard Arkwright's mill town, the birth of the Factory systemin the UK.
  • Castleton - big holes in the ground, a 12th century castle and a shivering mountain (Mam Tor).
  • Dovedale - a popular destination with tourists since Victorian times. Spectacular limestone cliffs and a crystal clear river teeming with trout.
  • Darley Dale - a linear settlement in the Derwent valley.
  • Edale - a group of five hamlets and the start of the Pennine Way.
  • Elton - a peaceful bit nevertheless thriving community in the White Peak of Derbyshire.
  • Eyam - a grisly history with 350 deaths in 2 years plus a fascinating church with a Saxon cross.
  • Glossop - Old and new.
  • Hathersage - busy town favoured by walkers, climbers and outdoors enthusiasts.
  • Hartington - home of Stilton Cheese and fine ales from a Derbyshire microbrewery.
  • Hope - centre of the 13th century 'Royal Forest of the Peak'
  • Hope Valley - wide, fertile and with a high concentration of caves at its head.
  • Ilam - Peak District 'model' village
  • Lathkill Dale - mining, fishing, walking and rare flowers.
  • Longnor - quiet former market town.
  • Monyash - quiet village at the head of Lathkill Dale.
  • Rowsley - the village that the railway passed by, home to the Peak Village factory outlet retail park
  • Stanton-in-Peak - Giving its name to the local moor, Stanton is a delightful village perched high above the surrounding valleys
  • Tissington - Saxon village associated with well dressings.
  • Wensley - situated above the Derbyshire Wensleydale with a garden full of stone mushrooms
  • Winster - mining, murder, suicides and Morris Men but no soap opera (yet)!
  • Wirksworth - 2000 years of continuous occupation, lead mining and a brilliant heritage centre to show it all off.
  • Youlgrave - market town with a mining history and ‘The Fountain’

External sites ...

For images of past times in Derbyshire and the rest of the North East Midlands, visit the Picture the Past project. Local Derbyshire and Peak District towns and villages websites ...

  • Tansley - A fabulous site about this interesting village near Matlock. History, photographs, old newspaper articles and much more.
  • Ashbourne, Ashbourne Shrovetide Football Match
  • Birchover
  • Cromford - a comprehensive and well put together web site about this important Derbyshire Village.
  • Eyam - information about the ‘plague village’, how about purchasing the Eyam Map, produced by the villagers.
  • Great and Little Longstone - news and information about the Longstones area.
  • Hartshorne
  • Hassop
  • Monyash village web site
  • New Mills - NewMillsweb is a comprehensive site set up for the community of New Mills with information about shops, industrial history, services, travel and much more.
  • Old Glossop - Ivan Bell’s brilliant web site about Old Glossop.
  • Pentrich - ’A Village full of history’. This site is a well researched and comprehensive historical resource. Lying slightly outside of the Peak District but worth a visit to follow the revolution trail.
  • Warslow
  • Whaley Bridge - is an attractive small town in the High Peak. We call ourselves the Gateway to the Goyt Valley, the area of outstanding natural beauty which is a magnet for walkers, tourists and those seeking adventure.

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