Towns & Villages in the Peak District

Towns & Villages in the Peak District

Towns & Villages in the Peak District


Buxton is a town surrounded by hills. Buxton offers a great variety to the tourists with its magnificent architecture, fine hotels, and beautiful landscaped gardens, modern facilities for shopping and eating, two museums, the parish church "Cathedral of the Peak" built in 14th century and internationally famous Buxton Opera House.

Physically and historically famous, the waters of Buxton's warm springs are at the centre of the town's development that is supposedly health-blessing waters. Wandering in Buxton is a pleasurable experience as the town is full of fine buildings like the Crescent, the Pavilion and the Pavilion Gardens. Goyt valley is attractive with views over the Errwood and Fernilee reservoirs. Visitors can go close to several limestone villages while walking southeast.

Darley Dale

Darley Dale is far away from the concept of villages. Modern Darley Dale owes its status to the road and rail links developed early in the 19th century. The broad Derwent valley floor is followed by the road, rail and river and most of the development is along the valley floor with a mixture of industrial and domestic buildings.

These buildings are of 19th and 20th century. Along the steep hillside that forms the eastern wall of the dale is where the ancient and more interesting buildings can be seen. The oldest and the most interesting building is the parish church of St. Helen at Church town. During weekends the travellers can buy tickets for climbing aboard a steam train. Oker Hill can be seen across the river with its distinctive landmark of a single sycamore tree.


Hartington is known as "The gateway of Dovedale" with a wealth of attractions and famous for Stilton cheese. There are original mixture of late 18th and early 19th century buildings and smaller cottages of a ancient and rustic period. The 13th century parish church of St. Giles is an exception to the limestone and grit stone buildings.

Present Hartington Hall was built in 1611 and renovated in 1860 that was originally built for the nuns of St. Clair around 1350. The Old School House in Church Street is one of the finest examples of a traditional Peak land stone slate roof found in the county. The Old Vicarage is another notable building and opposite to that is the Drill Hall.


Matlock is a modern town located at the eastern side of the Derbyshire Peak district and to the southern end of the peak national park. Matlock was an unimportant collection of villages surrounded the church at Matlock town and was discovered in 1698. The present town is divided in to two i.e. the main town and Matlock Bath. Cromford Mill was one of the industrial revolution's most important symbols.

Above the Derwent valley is situated the Black Rocks Country Park which made of gritstone. A theme park for young families in Matlock bath is Gulliver's kingdom. With two caves Height of Abraham is another tourist spot. Other interesting places are the Lead Mining Museum, Masson Mills, Middleton top, National stone centre, peak rail and Wirksworth church.


Tansley is village built along two roads, Nottingham road and Church Street. The heart of the village is church street as it has two village churches, the village green and the village shop. The Anglican Holy Trinity Church built in 1840 and in Gothic style with a pinnacled tower and buttresses. The larger window on the south wall depicts the Archangel Uriel erected in memory of Revd Brodie Mais by his son.

Next to the village green situated the village Hall that is built in 1843, there are networks of footpaths leading through the beautiful countryside to Matlock and the surrounding villages. The Lumsdale valley is a treasure of industrial archaeology.


Ashbourne can be reached by travelling from the south to the Peak National Park. Ashbourne is the gateway to the Peak National Park and is a prosperous market town that is architecturally impressive with fine Georgian-styled buildings. This town makes an outstanding base for the southern peak and the Staffordshire moorlands touring. The main street is the best architectural place in Derbyshire.

The church of St Oswald is the town's crowning glory. The gratifying part of touring is the walk along from Tissington Trail to Hartington. The town's main street is the St John Street. Dove Dale, the Manifold valley, the Tissington trail and the Limestone Way are the best locations accessible from Ashbourne and provide a visually interesting walk in the country.


Bakewell is a town built on the West bank of Wye River. Most of the modern buildings are built during 13th century and was rebuilt in 1840s. Bakewell has several interesting monuments and is well worth visting. Old House Museum is in one of the medieval buildings that are situated a few yards up the hill from the church.

There are places of historical interest that include Bagshaw Hall, several old buildings down King Street such as Old Town Hall, the Red Tudor House and the Hospital of the Knight of St.John. Other places of interests are Bakewell parish church, Caudwell's, Chatsworth house, Haddon Hall, Magpie mine, Monsal Head, Monsal trail, Stanton Moor and the Youlgreave church.


Baslow is a scenic village of many parts. It is located in the heart of the Peak National park and is accessible from all directions. Since Anglo-Saxon time there has been a settlement here on the east bank of the Derwent. The old road across the river is the triple-arched and the picturesque little hamlet of Bubnell on the other side with its three-storeyed 17th century Hall.

The tiny stone-slabbed tollhouse still stands as the evidence of the bygone age at the east end of the bridge. The Parish church St. Anne with 13th century broach spire can be seen, an unusual feature is the Victorian clock on the east face of the church tower.


Beeley is a village situated among the rising and falling wooded hills which is on the east bank of the river Derwent. With the magnificent open parkland the nearness of Chatsworth had a major influence on the surrounding landscape of Beeley. The mysterious Beeley Moor is famous for its grouse-shooting as well as for notorious murders of thirty years ago.

The prehistoric burial mound known as Hob Hurst's House is situated on Bunker's Hill. The remains of Neolithic stone circle are situated close to a derelict tumulus on the barren hillside. Notable buildings and structures are Duke's Barn, the square crenellated tower of St. Anne's church and its southern doorway and Royal manor.


Brassington is an ancient village of traditional limestone dwellings. There are large quarries all around Brassington. All around the area there is evidence of prehistoric settlement with remains of Stone Age, Iron Age and the Roman era in the caves at Harborough Rocks half a mile to the north east of the village. All around Brassington there are large quarries.

Just north of Brassington the High Peak Trail passes and running parallel with 'The Street' and the old Roman road from Derby to Buxton which leads within a mile to the Neolithic chambered tombs at Minninglow which are close to Roy stone Grange. Brassington provided abundant water for the settlements with numerous springs arising at the junction of limestone and shale. Brassington Hall was built in the 17th century and the oldest dwelling in the village is the Sundial Cottage rivals Tudor House. The oldest building is the St. James Parish Church.


Castleton is one of the most popular pretty villages with scenery, a ruined Norman castle, show caves, interesting geology and good walks. Castleton is centered on a square in which the church lies, which is just off the main road and directly below Perveril castle on the hill behind. Apart from the castle the two other interesting places are Cave Dale and Peak Cavern. Cave Dale is a collapsed cavern with a spectacular walk up the dale that's very deep and narrow with mineral veins crossing it at intervals.

Peak cavern is a natural cavern and is a show cave worth walking. Peakshole water is a small stream flowing from the cavern and on the other side a small stream is flowing in to the Peakshole water in which the water is coming from the Russett Well. There are some old houses and cottages around the village square, on the main road there are several shops and pubs. At the end of May, Castleton has a carnival and the main event is called the Garland day on the 29th day of May.

  • Hartington
  • Ashbourne
  • Baslow
  • Bakewell
  • Beeley
  • Brassington
  • Castleton
  • Buxton
  • Matlock

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