Welcome to Derbyshire UK, a comprehensive guide to Derbyshire and the Peak District including information on holiday accommodation, attractions, activities, local events, towns and villages, dining out, weddings and photographs.
Derbyshire's bustling market towns, villages, hills, dales and rivers, offer majestic scenery,
and a rich variety of customs that date back from time immemorial. Many visitors to Derbyshire and the Peak District come not only to enjoy the varied and beautiful landscape, but also to experience a blend of heritage, history and family attractions hard to find elsewhere. Both Derby and Buxton play host to a wealth of festivals throughout the year. The Buxton festival is renowned throughout the world as a summer celebration of the best of music, opera and literature. Castleton is well known for the caverns and the blue john mineral mined at Treak cliff cavern. Wirksworth is a hidden gem of a town, steeped in history with narrow alleys and lanes containing traditional shops and restaurants. Ashbourne is noted for wealth of antique shops as well as many independent , quality shops. It is also home to the game of Shrovetide Football.
Derbyshire and the Peak District caters for nearly every kind of sport, from rock
climbing and pot holing to fly fishing and canoeing on waters
surrounded by beautiful scenery. Derbyshire today is perhaps best known for the Peak District
National Park, the first to be designated in Britain, in 1951, in
recognition of its outstanding and largely unspoilt scenery. Read more.
Monsal Dale near Bakewell
Beresford Dale near Hartington
Staunton Harold Reservoir
|Derbyshire & Peak District Accommodation
Cottages , B&B's, Hotels and Camping
We invite you to take a break and book an affordable holiday in Derbyshire and the Peak District, escape for a few days or a long holiday. Derbyshire and the Peak District offers a great holiday destination, where you can find an abundance of wonderful attractions and acvtivities which are sure to delight all members of your family. There are hundreds of fine cottages, hotels and b&b's to stay in and many fine places to dine and drink in, dotted around the many towns and villages in the area.
Derbyshire and the Peak District Bed and Breakfast offers affordable accommodation, many are award winning establishments at the top of their game and in great settings. Wherever you decide to stay you should be warmly welcomed and well looked after by friendly hosts looking to help you make the most out of a Bed and Breakfast holiday.
Derbyshire and the Peak District has a huge amount of holiday accommodation available, why not spend your summer holiday here and rent a Derbyshire and the Peak District Self Catering Holiday Cottage. Choose from high quality holiday cottages, affordable Derbyshire and the Peak District cottages with indoor swimming pools or an enclosed garden for the dog. Rent a large Derbyshire and the Peak District Cottage for a family holiday, a cosy cottage with a log fire, wifi or hot tub and what about a quiet retreat for an off season romantic weekend getaway. There are also numerous camp and caravan sites as well holiday parks with pine lodges.
The selection of local hotel accommodation varies from budget to luxurious holiday accommodation. Whatever the tourism grade or guest review all should provide a warm welcome and good value. Some great special offers and late deals can also be found here, so choose from one of these places to stay and treat yourself to a last minute trip to this beautiful part of England.
Why not book yourself a short holiday, escape the pressures of everyday life and spend some time recharging your batteries in the Peak District. Don't delay, come and stay.
See Derbyshire & Peak District Accommodation
See also Derby Accommodation for availability in Derby City Centre.
Wherever you choose to stay you can be sure of a warm welcome and great service.
Some recent listings of holiday cottages in Derbyshire
Walton Cottage at
Situated in Winster near Matlock and Matlock Bath, Walton Cottage is a traditional Derbyshire stone built detached cottage, the rear of which was a 300-year-old barn. It has been lovingly restored to provide a warm and relaxing interior offering all the comforts of home.
Sleeps: 4 - No pets
Darwin Lake near Matlock - A number of cottages available
A number of cottages available with different sleeping accommodation
Set in the Darwin Forest on the edge of the Peak District National Park, this group of holiday cottages enjoys an ideal location from which to enjoy the area?s great natural beauty. Built in traditional Derbyshire stone to blend effortlessly into their surroundings, they are set around the lake and surrounded by mixed woodland, an ideal habitat for a rich variety of wildlife. The cottages are modern and spacious, with comfortably furnished living rooms, several enjoying views over the lake.
The Manor House
Alport, near Bakewell
Nestled in the Peak District National Park, this 16th-century manor house shares 14 acres of grounds with the owners? other holiday homes and is furnished in a shabby chic style with antiques, wood panelling, beams, stained glass and mullion windows (low ceilings, low doors and uneven floors in some rooms). There is use of a range of facilities (1 hour per day private use), including a shared indoor pool, sauna, solarium and treatment room. Bakewell, 3˝ miles, offers shops, bars, a bistro, restaurants, twice weekly market, antique country fairs and music festivals.
Sleeps: 18 - pets allowed
|Derbyshire & Peak District Attractions - Places to visit
Places to visit in 2013 - Attractions in Derbyshire and the Peak District from Country houses and gardens to theme parks - Something for all - See Derbyshire Attractions
Cromford is always worth a visit. After visiting the ancient mill , why not stop for a coffee and bite to eat at Britain's most enjoyable bookshop - Scarthin Books - with a collection of tens of thousands of new and secondhand books. More at www.scarthinbooks.com
Scarthin Bookshop at Cromford
Peak Cavern ( Devils Arse ) at Castleton
Many visitors both English and from abroad come to the Derbyshire Peak District to visit the locations of the many costume dramas, block busters and other films made in the region. See Derbyshire and Peak District films and film locations
|Derbyshire & Peak District Activities - Things to do
Whatever the season, the countryside fills with new life. What better place to experience this than in the Derbyshire Peak District where nature meets you at every turn. Get out on your bike, take your running shoes and just go, fly a kite, or just take a walk through the beautiful Derbyshire Dales or on the Gritstone Edges of the Peak.
Sailing and other water sports at Carsington Water
Walking in Derbyshire and the Peak District
Activities and things to do in Derbyshire and the Peak District - Something for everyone from easy walking and golf to paragliding and rock climbing See Derbyshire and Peak District Activities
|Derbyshire & Peak District Events 2013
Dates to look forward to in 2013
New Events Calendar for 2013 at Events in Derbyshire and the Peak District
For your 2013 diary : -
Tissington Well Dressing Dates
9th - 15th May 2013
Other Well Dressing dates at Derbyshire Well Dressing 2013
The Chatsworth Country Fair
30 August - 1 September 2013
Powderkegs is a local Border Morris side who dance all over the HIgh Peak. All our events are FREE and family friendly. We are a mixed side of Border Morris dancers and musicians, passionate about the living tradition of English folk dance. For a list of summer events please see www.powderkegs.co.uk
See ArtsDerbyshire for Arts events and information in Derbyshire
|Getting married in Derbyshire and the Peak District
Say 'I Do' in the Derbyshire Peak District
Derbyshire and the Peak District offers a wide variety of locations for your church, register office or civil wedding, from register offices in beautiful surroundings, through to licenced stately homes and grand hotels. The course of a marriage can never be charted by the surroundings that set it off, of course, but they can provide a hugely memorable context to what is an enormous adventure for any couple. That is why if you're looking for a unique and inspiring location in which to get married, then Derbyshire and the Peak District is the best place to say 'I Do'.
Losehill House Hotel wedding venue with Win Hill backdrop
More wedding information and wedding venues throughout Derbyshire at Derbyshire and Peak District Weddings
|This months featured Derbyshire Peak District Town or village is Bakewell
Bakewell in Derbyshire and the Peak District , is a beautiful, small, market town situated on the River Wye which is crossed by a 13th century 5 arched bridge still open to traffic. The bridge had been widened in the 19th century. Bakewell attracts many tourists both local and from abroad to the large town centre which is busy all year round with plenty of attractions including gardens, pubs, coffee shops,
and numerous shops selling books, clothes and gifts.
The famous Bakewell pudding was also invented accidentally at the Rutland Hotel, when a cook misinterpreted instructions and poured egg mixture over the jam instead of mixing it in the pastry and what should have been a tart was now a pudding. Bakewell puddings can be bought at several shops and coffee houses in the town centre. Visit them all and see if you can taste the difference. The Hotel has a literary connection in that Jane Austin is reputed to have stayed at the hotel whilst writing Pride and Predudice. Bakewell has been identified as Lambton.
The Bakewell Show takes place on the first wednesday and thursday of August on land adjoining the Agricultural Centre. The first local show took place in 1819. It is now a major agricultural and horticultural event with all sorts of animals being shown along with show jumping and exhibitions of local crafts and produce.
Villages near Bakewell include the very pretty Ashford-in-the-Water, Over Haddon, Sheldon, Elton, Great Longstone, Monyash , Rowsley, Pilsley and Youlgrave. Bakewell is only a short drive from many interesting county houses including Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall. Bakewell also makes for an ideal base for walking some of the beautiful dales in the area including Mondal Dale and Millers Dale.
River Wye at Bakewell
Read more at Bakewell
For Holiday Accommodation in Bakewell see
Bakewell Holiday Cottages
Bakewell B&B Guest House Accommodation
Hotel accommodation around Bakewell
|The Peak District
The Peak District offers opportunities for many types of outdoor activity. An extensive network of public footpaths and numerous long-distance trails , as well as large open-access areas, are available for hillwalking and hiking. Bridleways are commonly used by mountain bikers, as well as horse riders. Some of the long-distance trails, such as the Tissington Trail, re-use former railway lines; they are much used by walkers, horse riders and cyclists. The many gritstone outcrops, such as Stanage and the Roaches, are recognised as some of the finest rock climbing sites in the world. The Peak limestone also provides many testing climbs. Some of the area's large reservoirs (for example, Carsington Water) have become centres for water sports, including sailing, fishing and canoeing, in this most landlocked and beautiful part of the UK.
More information at at Peak District Guide
The spa town of Buxton has an opera house with a theatre, a museum , an art gallery and is home to the Buxton Festival which includes literary events , concerts, recitals as well as opera. Another popular event is the Buxton Festival Fringe which features films, drama, dance, music and other cultural events along the same lines but on a smaller scale to the Edinburgh Fringe. The International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, founded in 1994, also runs for over three weeks from the end of July through most of August. Matlock Bath is home to the Heights of Abraham as well as the popular
Matlock Bath Illuminations and Venetian Nights
Ashbourne is the southern gateway to the Peak District and famous for the annual Shrovetide Football.
For a full list of Derbyshire Towns and villages see Derbyshire Towns and villages
Derby is the UK's most central city benefiting from the best of both worlds - a great cultural base situated in the East Midlands on the edge of the Peak District National park.
Derby has much to attract the visitor with its excellent shopping facilities, musuems, galleries , theatres, parks, a vibrant café culture as well plenty of nightlife making this destination lively and modern.
More information on Derby including where to stay , attractions and events at The Derby Guide
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Filming on Derbyshire
Short movies from Theodore Films , many filmed entirely in the Derbyshire Peak District
See Lost Histories of Belper in Derbyshire, a short film on Belper by local film maker Roland Keates. Footage from around Belper Town center and other historical places of interest and featuring a poem written by Belper Poet Thomas Crofts in 1850.