Local Towns and Villages
There are many lovely local towns and villages that are worth visiting during your stay. We can't include them all - but we've picked our favourites. We've started with the closest and worked out!
Wirksworth is our closest town. It has a lovely market square and some interesting shops. Key Events to look out for: - The annual wheelbarrow race in May. - The Wirksworth Art Festival throughout September
A lovely village with some great food options and the home of Arkwright's Mill. There's plenty to do in what is a small village - visit the mill or take a walk along the canal.
Ashbourne is a local market town. It contains many historical buildings and independently owned shops -along with some lovely coffee shops. Key Events - Internationally renown for it's Shrove Tide Football match that involves the whole town.
Matlock is the county town of Derbyshire and along with Matlock Bath provide a lots of things to do. Key Events: - The Illuminations in Matlock Bath - The raft race on boxing day
Belper lies at the heart of the Derwent Valley World Heritage site. The industrial history is all around you, along with beautiful gardens. The high street was recently voted the 'best high street' in the UK.
Bakewell is one of the most visited market towns in Derbyshire. With a beautiful river and market square, Bakewell is home of the 'Bakewell Tart' and there's a fantastic cattle market that's well attended by local farmers.
Hartington has been an important village since the middle ages. It has some lovely 18th century houses, nice pubs and most importantly - the Hartington Cheese Company
Eyam is the original 'plague village' after it chose to isolate itself during the outbreak of the bubonic plague of 1665. There are personal stories spread throughout the village and an interesting museum that tells the tale.
Buxton is a thermal spa town, with stunning Georgian and Victorian architecture, the Buxton Opera House, The Pavilion Gardens and some lovely independent shops and restaurants.