The Peak District National Park is synonymous with Derbyshire, attracting thousands of visitors a year to the county in search of relaxation or adrenalin sports such as mountain biking, climbing and caving. Elsewhere you will find pretty villages and towns to enjoy such as Matlock Spa and Bakewell.

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Derbyshire Overview

Welcome to Derbyshire

Derbyshire is a landlocked county bordered by Greater Manchester, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire, Leicestershire and Cheshire.

Derbyshire has a population of just over 1,000,000 people. The county town is Matlock with other significant populations at Derby on the banks of the River Derwent, Chesterfield, Long Eaton and Ilkeston.

The stunning landscape of Derbyshire is mainly rolling hillside with many pretty villages and contains the majority of the Peak District National Park, small elements of the Pennine Hills and some of the National Forest, together with a host of attractions for visitors – Buxton, Bakewell and Matlock Spa are popular destinations.


Evidence of human presence in Derbyshire goes back some 200,000 years, though the Bronze Age provides the first real evidence of agriculture and settlement in the county. Lead ore contained in the limestone hills attracted Romans to the area and paved the way for occupation, particularly around the warm mineral springs of Buxton.

Agriculture and mining have been important industries for Derbyshire, the former remaining so today. The land’s minerals lead to wealth for some with lead, iron, coal and limestone being extracted over the years. The county was at the forefront of hydropower developments at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, with part of the Derwent Valley having World Heritage status.

Tourism is an important part of the county’s economy, the Peak District National Park attracts huge numbers of visitors each year to enjoy the region.

Getting There

The M1, and M6 and M56 are the motorway routes to the county, very easy to reach from the main conurbations in Midlands the North West. Derbyshire is linked by mainline railway to London via London St. Pancras, Derby being the main station in the county.

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Hollybush Inn

Hollybush Inn, Grangemill , Derbyshire, DE4 4HU

Smith Hall Meadow

Hulland House, Hulland Ward , Ashbourne, Derbyshire , DE6 3EE

Moorfield Farm Barn

Moorfield Farm Barn, Hixons Lane, Dale Abbey, Derbyshire, DE7 4PG

Trent Adventure

1 Kennels Cottage, Broadstone Lane, Derby, Derbyshire, DE73 7LD

Hoe Grange Holidays

Hoe Grange, Brassington, Matlock , Derbyshire, DE4 4HP

Bolsover Castle

Bolsover Castle, Castle Street, Bolsover, Derbyshire, S44 6PR

Haddon Hall Manor House & Gardens

The Estate Office, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1LA

Creswell Crags

Crags Road, Welbeck, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 3LH