Visiting a village in the Peak District and Derbyshire can make for a quaint, cosy and above all, relaxing day out. A country village can be the perfect escape from busy city life, with their many traditional tea rooms, pubs and independent shops to browse, you can easily spend a day wandering around, taking in the local atmosphere.
Some of the most well-known villages in Derbyshire and the Peak District are Eyam, Edensor and Castleton
Eyam, also known as the ‘plague village’, is known for its tragic history but loved for its picturesque village scenery and nearby countryside. The part of Eyam’s history that is best known is for being a ‘quarantined village’ during the time of the plague. Many people perished as a result of this but the village’s Priest persuaded villagers that it would be for the greater good if the disease was not to spread further. It is due to this that outside Eyam’s many cottages there are plaques dedicated to the story of the people who lived and died in them. When you walk through the countryside on the other side of the cottages, you can see ‘boundary stones’, which have holes in designed for putting money soaked in vinegar in exchange for supplies left by surrounding farmers or merchants. This interesting yet beautiful village is definitely worth a visit.
Edensor is also a wonderful village to explore, and not least because it is the closest village to Chatsworth House. Edensor is your quintessential chocolate-box village, and is a 5 mile walk from the town of Bakewell, a walk which takes you through the Chatsworth Estate. There’s a very charming tea room there too, so you can finish your walk with some tea and cake!
One village in the heart of the Peak District is Castleton, surrounded by some of the best walks in the country is Castleton. It has everything you could want from a village- wonderful traditional pubs, shops selling local items, a beautiful stream and homemade cake! There are also some great show caverns for you to explore.
There are loads of fantastic villages in the Peak District and Derbyshire so use the search below and find the one you want to visit next:
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Wildboarclough claims to be where the last wild boar in England was killed. The village is now a quiet backwater, popular with visitors at weekends.
The Holme Valley, stretching south from Huddersfield, is punctuated by characterful little villages, traditionally reliant on the textile industries, the village of Holme is almost the last outpost of civilisation on the A6024.
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 rather strange name comes from the Old English and is thought to mean 'the farm of Mugga or Mogga', an unknown Saxon who farmed here before the Normans came. Farming is still predominant in the area. The village has a Norman church.
The village of Barrow Hill grew up around the collieries and ironworks owned by Richard Barrow, known locally as Staveley Works. Today the collieries are closed and the village is better known for the Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre.
Sitting in sight of the Pennine foothills astride the River Bollin, pretty Prestbury dates to Anglo Saxon times. Its original name was Preosta burgh meaning the borough or dwelling of the priests.
Mellor is a village between Marple Bridge and New Mills extends from the start of the old turnpike road at the boundary of Marple Bridge to the current county boundary with Derbyshire. There are three pubs in the village.
Sandwiched between Wilmslow and Manchester Airport, Styal has many historic buildings, factory buildings, shops and schools, built in the early part of the 19th century.
Coton in the Elms is situated about 5 miles south of Burton upon Trent. It was mentioned in the Domesday Book as Cotune. It is a pictureque village with a typical village green, duck pond and church.
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.
Ingleby is a hamlet on the south of the River Trent on a rise between Stanton by Bridge and Repton in South Derbyshire. It contains the privately owned John Thompson public house and the Ingleby Art Gallery.
Edale is a small village at the start/end of the UK's first and most famous long distance walking path - the Pennine Way.
An attractive, historic former lead-mining village set in steep-sided converging limestone dales. Up in the hills 2 miles south-east of Matlock, Bonsall has a harming atmosphere all of its' own.
Upper Hulme is a tiny hamlet clustered around a now redundant mill on the upper reaches of the River Churnet and is the principal access to the fabulous Roaches and Hen Cloud and is a great place to base yourself for walking in this area.
Nestling on the northern fringe of Chatsworth Park, the attractive village of Baslow is close to some of the Dark Peak's most dramatic scenery.
Set beneath a gritstone edge of the same name, it lies on the banks of the river Derwent and is home to...
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.
Magnificent rocky scenery surrounds this gritstone village that has some intriguing features waiting to be discovered. The winding lanes that climb up the hillsides to Birchover reveal some fascinating secrets.
An attractive village rising up the hillside, half a mile north of Wirksworth. Sheltered below Barrel Edge, there are some magnificent panoramic views from Bolehill. The village looks to its larger neighbour Wirksworth for its' facilities.
Situated along the main Uttoxeter to Derby road, the South Derbyshire village of Hilton is a large residential village with a number of older buildings of architectural or historic interest.
Interesting village between the rivers Lathkill and Bradford surrounded by some stunning scenery. Midway between Bakewell and Matlock, Youlgreave makes a good base for exploring the area. It is one of the larger villages in the Derbyshire.