Chatsworth is one of Britain’s best loved historic houses and estates, offering something for everyone, from famous works of art and the spectacular fountains in the garden to the finest shopping, food & drink and many miles of free walks.
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.
An area nestled between the Peak District and Robin Hood Country, where the town meets the countryside, where tracks and trails lead through sleepy villages, around meadows and moorland and into rippling river valleys.
The Museum tells the Story of Chesterfield, from its Roman origins to its growth as a market town and up to the present day. It has a changing programme of temporary exhibitions and events.
One of the prettiest villages in Derbyshire with a 15th Century church. Ashover is home to a couple of ghosts, including the Laughing Cavalier who haunts the Black Swan. It's said that arrows for the Battle of Agincourt were made here!
Close to Hardwick Hall, the church dates from 1590 and is the final resting place of the famous philosopher, and secretary to successive 17th Century Earls and Dukes of Devonshire, Thomas Hobbes who died at Hardwick in 1679.
Opened in August 2007, the Avenue Washlands has areas of reedbed, marsh, ponds and grassland, supporting a wide range of wildlife. The Trust offers stream dipping, sensory earthwalks and eco-orienteering as well as many other activities.
An ancient parish 7 miles north east of Chesterfield. While parts of Barlborough are new built, including the Ibis Hotel and Dobbies Garden Centre, the older parts of the village still retain their charm.
A friendly village in beautiful walking country with 3 good pubs, 2 of which serve excellent food. Barlow is much loved by anglers because of the Barlow Trout Fishery. Visit Barlow in August for the Carnival and the Well Dressing.
The village of Calow dates back to 1086 when it was known as 'Kalehal' (the bare corner of land). By 1430 it's name had become 'Calell', then 'Calo' in 1561. According to the Domesday Book, the manor house at Calow 'belonged to the king'.
Coal Aston is now almost part of the larger town of Dronfield. The village sits on a ridge overlooking Sheffield and Dronfield, bounded on the south by Frith Wood. This ancient wood shows evidence of coppicing carried out generations ago.
Church of St Mary and All Saints, Church Way, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 1XJ, (4 miles, 6kms), Tel: 01246 206506, www.chesterfieldparishchurch.org.uk
St Mary and All Saints, the Crooked Spire Church, was built in the late 13th Century and finished around 1360. It's the largest church in Derbyshire. The Spire stands 228 feet high and leans 9 feet 5 inches from its true centre.
Cutthorpe is a sleepy village with a school, three pubs and two historic halls (both in private ownership and not open to the public). The village is spread out over 3 miles and includes Linacre Reservoirs with its bluebell woods.
Until 1934, Limb Brook in Dore marked the dividing line between Yorkshire and Derbyshire, with the village on the Derbyshire side. Today, Dore is in South Yorkshire, but holds onto elements of its Derbyshire character, like well dressing.
The place name Dronfield Woodhouse suggests that the village began on land cleared of trees. The village's earliest building is Cowley Farm, which dates to the 11th Century. Today, the village is an outlying part of Dronfield.
A very pretty estate village set within Chatsworth Park with some beautiful houses and cottages. Visit Edensor (pronounced Ensor) in high summer with blue skies and flowers in full bloom and you could be on a chocolate box cover!
The village of Glapwell sits on a hill to the East of Chesterfield. Despite its size, it did appear in the Domesday Book of 1086, which noted that Serb held the land for William Peverel. Peverel was a favourite of William the Conqueror.
Grassmoor owes its existence to the rich seams of coal which it stands on. As far back as Roman times, coal was taken from those seams which lay close to the surface but, after the Industrial Revolution, deeper mine workings were sunk.
Hollingwood Hub houses the offices of the Canal Trust in the old Hollingwood Lock House and also includes Nona's Coffee Shop and a Meeting Room. The Trust is gradually developing a garden along with local people and schools.
Heath Road, Holmewood, Chesterfield, S40 1SB, (4 miles, 6kms), Tel: 01246 345777/8, Email, www.hidden-gems.org.uk/hidden-gems/holmewood-trail
Holmewood began as homes for workers in the Williamthorpe Colliery but, since the closure of the mine in 1970, it has become better known for the Five Pits Trail and the countryside park.
Holymoorside, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S42 7EJ, (4 miles, 6kms), Tel: 01246 345777/8, Email, www.hidden-gems.org.uk/hidden-gems/holymoorside-trail
Holymoorside is framed by the purple moorlands of the Peak District National Park and yet is just a few minutes' drive from Chesterfield. Now a peaceful village, 100 years ago it was very different, the village was a hive of industry.
With a bustling Thursday market, Killamarsh lies just to the south of the 750 acre Rother Valley Country Park. The town makes a good starting point to explore the Southern Spur of the Trans Pennine Trail to Chesterfield.
There are 3 reservoirs at Linacre, built between 1855 and 1904 and, between them, they hold more than 240 million gallons of water. The reservoirs are surrounded by bluebell woodland and the site is open for walking and cycling all year.
Jaggers Lane, Darley Moor, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 5LH, (3 miles, 6kms), Tel: 01246 590200, www.matlockfarmpark.co.uk
Set in part of a 600 acre working farm, the Park provides a great day out with varied activities for all the family and offers hours of fun and learning. Meet the animals, try out the Adventure Playground or have a go on the Go-Kart Track.