Derbyshire, DE6 2AY, (4 miles, 6kms), Tel: 01335 343666, Email
Dovedale is a renowned beauty spot -although it is actually around 2-3 miles long! The River Dove flows through Milldale, Wolscote Dale and Beresford Dale. Famous for its stepping stones, Lionshead rock, caves and literary connections.
A pretty village at the northern end of Dovedale, the village is set in some of the very best walking country. The scenery in and around this charming old limestone village is outstanding. The village is centred around the spacious square.
Nr Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 4HW, (4 miles, 7kms)
A tiny agricultural hamlet set in the remote White Peak uplands. Traces of a Roman road and the former route of the Cromford and High Peak Railway, now the High Peak Trail, run close to Aldwark.
A picturesque hamlet set in the glorious countryside of the White Peak. Just off the A515 north of Ashbourne, a narrow lane winds down to this peaceful little backwater. There is a cluster of houses and a lovely old church.
Alstonefield is a small picturesque village in the Peak District National Park. It is located in Staffordshire, near to the border of Derbyshire, between the valleys of the rivers Dove and the Manifold.
The region's most important prehistoric site, Arbor Low is a Neolithic henge monument atmospherically set amid high moorland. Within an earthen bank and ditch, a circle of some 50 white limestone slabs, all now fallen.
A tiny White Peak hamlet in an isolated location, somewhat overshadowed by its' limestone quarry. There are just a few farms and scattered cottages in the hamlet, which is all that remains of a larger medieval settlement.
Derbyshire, SK17 0DT, (2 miles, 3kms), www.visitpeakdistrict.com
A small village set high in the spectacular White Peak landscape. A very popular area with walkers. Just off the A515 midway between Ashbourne and Buxton, Biggin is typical of a White Peak village, running along a single street.
A remote hill village in quiet limestone countryside, overlooking Havenhill Dale with Haven Hill to the south. The tiny cluster of limestone buildings here are grouped by the Elizabethan Bradbourne Hall and the noble church of All Saints.
Castern, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 2BA, (4 miles, 6kms), Tel: 01335 310489, Email
Casterne Hall is a perfect example of a country manor house that has changed little since the early 18th Century and is still lived in by the family who built it.
High up on the limestone plateau, there are some stunning views from this small village. Elton developed around lead mining and agriculture and both are still in evidence. Mining may have gone, but the surrounding area is rich in remnants.
A charming village on the Bentley Brook bisected by the Ashbourne to Buxton road. Many people pass through Fenny Bentley, 2 miles north of Ashbourne, going elsewhere, but it is a rewarding little place to stop for a while.
Derbyshire Dales, SK17 0DY, (3 miles, 4kms), Tel: 0845 833 0970
Friden is a hamlet in the civil parish of Hartington Nether Quarter, Derbyshire, England. It is located 11 miles south-east of Buxton just off the Newhaven to Cromford Via Gellia road and lies within the Peak District National Park.
A tiny, remote hamlet set in glorious dales scenery. Gratton is really a group of scattered farms and isolated cottages set in narrow lanes the between Elton and Youlgreave. Some of the buildings are surprisingly grand.
Nr Leek, Staffordshire Moorlands, ST13 7TP, (5 miles, 8kms), Tel: 01538 304313
Grindon is a delightful moorland hill village strategically situated above the most interesting and exciting section of the Manifold Valley. There is a car park and picnic spot beside the church.
Village Centre, Ilam, Nr Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 2AZ, (4 miles, 6kms), Tel: 01335 350429, Email
The village lies at the terminus of the narrow-gauge Leek & Manifold Valley Light Railway; the track now a walk/cycle route. The old station has been beautifully restored and is now a visitor centre with car park, toilets and tea shop.
Managed by the National Trust, a beautiful area of open park and woodland, running on both banks of the River Manifold and with spectacular views towards Dovedale. Open all year. Youth Hostel, NT shop, tearoom and small caravan site.
Open: Sundays only February & November. Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays 1st March - 31st October. Daily 5th July to 31st August 2009. Plus other school holidays - February half term, Easter, May half term and October half term. Closed Dece
A charming little village where only the seasons seem to change over the years. There was once a castle here that disappeared after a skirmish in the Civil War; now the village is a haven of peace and tranquillity.
A small hamlet at a junction of roads high up on the limestone plateau of the White Peak. An old coaching inn, which has sadly seen better days, stands on the Ashbourne to Buxton road surrounded by some beautiful countryside.
Tissington is a beautiful, unspoilt village lying 3.5 miles north of Ashbourne. The fine Jacobean Manor, has been the home of the Fitz Herbert family for over 500 years. The Hall has a 10 acre garden and arboretum.
Home of the FitzHerbert family for over 500 years. The Hall stands in a superbly maintained Estate village and contains wonderful panelling and fine old masters. Also visit the 10 acre garden and arboretum. Schools very welcome.