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Cheadle

Cheadle

Discover Cheadle, home to 'Pugin's Gem', one of Britain's finest churches and gateway to the beautiful Churnet Valley steeped in industrial heritage. Visit the restored Victorian market hall or follow the art trail of unusual sculptures.

 
 
 
Belper North Mill

Belper

Winner Of Winners At The 2014 Great British High Street Awards. Belper is an historic market town situated within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

 
 
 
Leek

Leek

An historic market town with a reputation for unusual shops, antiques, good food and award winning teashops. With connections to William Morris, James Brindley, Thomas Wardle and Bonnie Prince Charlie.

 
 
 
Buxton

Buxton

For centuries, Buxton has been a spa town, popular with visitors from around the world. At 1,300 ft above see level Buxton is situated at the heart of the Peak District, amid some of England's most beautiful scenery.

 
 
  • Bakewell in the Peak District
  • Irongate in Derby's Cathedral Quarter
  • Alstonefield in the Peak District
  • Chesterfield traditional market

Towns and Villages

Discover a world of bustling market towns and vibrant villages, where sight-seeing, strolling and shopping are a real pleasure.  Admire everything from sturdy stone cottages to Georgian grand designs on a walking trail, or browse  for local produce and quality souvenirs in one of our friendly market towns.

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Towns in the Peak District

Wirksworth

Wirksworth

An historic town of exceptional character, once the centre of Derbyshire's lead mining industry, its narrow lanes and alleys are a delight to explore. Lead has been mined around Wirksworth since Roman times.

 
 
 
Chesterfield

Chesterfield

A historic market town famous for the Crooked Spire Church of Saint Mary and All Saints. Markets are held every Monday, Friday and Saturday with a flea market held every Thursday and a farmers market on the 2nd Thursday of every month.

 
 
 
Bolsover

Bolsover

Once famous for the 'Bolsover Buckle' but less well known as the birthplace of the 'forgotten geographer', Peter Fidler. Today Bolsover is famous for its Castle and increasingly popular for the specialist food shop, Jaquest's.

 
 
 

Buxton

Disley is a pleasant village, situated on the immediate boundary of Derbyshire. Just outside the village is Lyme Hall, owned by the Leigh family from 14th century until 1946, surrounded by 17 acres of Victorian gardens.

 
 
 

Alfreton

Alfreton is a small market town about 14 miles north north east of Derby. Legend has it that the town takes its name from Alfred the Great, there is however no proof of this.

 
 
 
Wilmslow

Wilmslow

Wilmslow is a shopper’s paradise. From designer boutiques and upmarket interior designers, to chic charity shops and Hoopers department store, Wilmslow is a small place with a big attitude.

 
 
 
St John the Baptist Church at Staveley

Chesterfield

Four miles from Chesterfield town centre, Staveley is set in the midst of interesting countryside and the Chesterfield Canal passes through the parish.

 
 
 
Derby

Derby

Derby - the heart of Britain, where 2,000 years of history and the birthplace of industry sit comfortably with a vibrant contemporary culture. A place where a proud tradition of looking forward is balanced with its ancient heritage.

 
 
 
Whaley Bridge

High Peak

Whaley Bridge, the "Gateway to the Goyt Valley" is an attractive small town situated on the edge of the Peak District. The town is at the head of the Peak Forest Canal with the canal basin designated as a conservation area.

 
 
 
Leek

Leek

An historic market town with a reputation for unusual shops, antiques, good food and award winning teashops. With connections to William Morris, James Brindley, Thomas Wardle and Bonnie Prince Charlie.

 
 
 
Ashbourne

Ashbourne

Ashbourne is a fine old market town, with good shopping, especially for antiques. An ideal base for visiting the Peak District or Alton Towers. Described as 'The Gateway to Dovedale', Ashbourne has much more to offer.

 
 
 
Glossop

Glossop

Glossop, is a major gateway to the Peak District from the west. Its history dates back to Roman times. A former Victorian mill town, dominated by the cotton industry, Glossop is famous for its annual Victorian Weekend.

 
 
 
Macclesfield

Macclesfield

Macclesfield’s full of it. Silk, that is. Macclesfield grew as one of the main silk centres of the country, renowned for the skill of its designers and for its richly patterned woven fabrics.

 
 
 
Biddulph Grange Garden House

Biddulph

Overall Winner of the Heart of England in Bloom competition, from Spring right through to Autumn Biddulph is awash with colour. Flower beds, troughs and baskets line the streets making this an extremely pretty town.

 
 
 
New Mills High Peak

New Mills

The town of New Mills is in an area of spectacular natural beauty standing above a natural rocky gorge known as The Torrs where the River Sett joins the River Goyt. The Torrs is now a park. New Mills is home to Swizzels Matlow sweet company

 
 
 
Bakewell

Bakewell

Busy market town in the heart of the Peak District, an ideal place from which to visit the beauties of the surrounding area. The largest town in the Peak District National Park, Bakewell is best known for a confection made by mistake.

 
 
 
Ripley

Ripley (Derbyshire)

Ripley is a small town in the Amber Valley famous industrailists associated with the town are Benjamin Outram and William Jessop. Barnes Wallace inventor of the bouncing bomb used in the Dambuster raids of World War II was born in the town.

 
 
 
Buxton

Buxton

For centuries, Buxton has been a spa town, popular with visitors from around the world. At 1,300 ft above see level Buxton is situated at the heart of the Peak District, amid some of England's most beautiful scenery.

 
 
 
Dronfield

Dronfield

Dronfield is a rapidly expanding and progressive township midway between Sheffield and Chesterfield. It stands amidst hills and moorlands, and is within easy reach of the High Peak.

 
 
 
Belper North Mill

Belper

Winner Of Winners At The 2014 Great British High Street Awards. Belper is an historic market town situated within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.