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Derbyshire is situated in the north midlands of England, bordered in the north-west by Cheshire, in the north by Yorkshire, in the east by Nottinghamshire, in the south by Leicestershire, in the west by Staffordshire. It measures about 52 miles from north to south, and for most of that length is only about 20 miles from east to west, in an area of approximately 2631 sq km (1016 sq miles).

 

Derby is by far the largest town in the county. Other towns of some importance are Alfreton, Ashbourne, Bakewell, Belper, Buxton, Chesterfield, Glossop, Heanor, Ilkeston, Long Eaton and Matlock.

Derbyshire is a brilliant place to live, work, play and visit. Its towns, villages, hills, dales and rivers, offer beautiful scenery, and a rich variety of customs that date back from time immemorial. In Derbyshire you find large country houses, like Chatsworth, Kedleston and Haddon, towns and villages associated with famous people or rare minerals, and crystal clear rivers and streams running through its valleys and dales.

Derbyshire caters for nearly every kind of sport, from rock climbing and pot holing to fly fishing and canoeing on waters surrounded by beautiful scenery.

The towns and villages are often quite isolated and built of the abundant native stone. Here also, there are many more stone built reminders of the ancient past, including the many burial mounds or `lows` which crown so many hills in Derbyshire. Prehistoric monuments also remain such as the magnificent Arbor Low stone circle and henge near Parsley Hay and the Nine Ladies stone circle on Stanton Moor.

The hedgerows and arable fields which typify the Midlands, once you have passed Ashbourne, give way to mile after mile of drystone walls criss-crossing stoney pastures, where pastoral farming of sheep and cattle predominates.

Derbyshire today is perhaps best known for the Peak District National Park, the first to be designated in Britain, in 1951, in recognition of its outstanding and largely unspoilt scenery. It covers 555 square miles of the north of the county, taking in the limestone plateau and dales of the White Peak, and the brooding gritstone moors and edges of the Dark Peak. Over 22 million day visits are made to the Peak District National Park every year, making it the second-most visited National Park in the world.

Over the years this region has been immortalized on film in numerous movies and TV dramas, including, Lady Jane Grey, Women in Love, The Virgin and the Gypsy, The Prince and the Pauper and Moll Flanders. The ever popular British TV Series, Peak Practice, BBC's Pride and Prejudice and Frank Zeffirelli's Jane Ayre have had an immense impact on the area, and visitors come from far and wide to see locations used during filming.

The Derwent Valley Mills region is now a World Heritage Site, leading to worldwide recognition of the unique role this area, which snakes down the Derwent Valley from Matlock Bath to Derby, played in shaping the factory system, the industrial revolution and modern society. The site includes a series of mill complexes, river weirs, mill settlements and an historic transport network.

Courtesy of www.derbyshireuk.net


Locations within Derbyshire:

Alderwasley
Alfreton
Allestree
Alsop en le Dale
Ashbourne
Ashford
Ashover
Atlow
Ault Hucknall
Bakewell
Bamford
Barlborough
Barlow
Baslow
Beeley
Belper
Birch Vale
Blackwell
Bolsover
Bonsall
Borrowash
Boyleston
Bradbourne
Bradwell
Brailsford
Branston
Brassington
Breadsall
Brimington
Burnaston
Buxton
Carsington
Castleton
Chaddesden
Chapel en le Frith
Charlesworth
Chellaston
Chelmorton
Chesterfield
Chinley
Church Broughton
Church Gresley
Clay Cross
Clifton
Clowne
Codnor
Coton in the Elms
Coxbench
Creswell
Crich
Cromford
Crowden
Curbar
Dale Abbey
Darley Abbey
Denby
Derby
Derwent
Dove Holes
Doveridge
Drakelowe
Draycott
Dronfield
Duffield
Earl Sterndale
Eckington
Edale
Edensor
Egginton
Ellastone
Elmton
Elton
Etwall
Eyam
Fairfield
Findern
Flagg
Froggatt
Furness Vale
Glossop
Great Cubley
Great Longstone
Great Rowsley
Grindleford Bridge
Hadfield
Hardstoft
Hartshorne
Hassop
Hathersage
Hayfield
Hazelwood
Heage
Heath
Highpeak Junction
Hognaston
Holbrook
Hollington
Hollingwood
Holmesfield
Holmewood
Hope
Hucklow
Hulland
Idridgehay
Ilkeston
Ireton Wood
Kedleston
Kilburn
Killamarsh
King's Newton
Kirk Ireton
Kirk Langley
Kniveton
Langley Mill
Linton
Little Eaton
Little Hucklow
Littleover
Long Eaton
Longford
Mackworth
Mapleton
Marlpool
Marston Montgomery
Matlock
Matlock Bank
Mayfield
Melbourne
Mickleover
Middleton
Millers Dale
Monyash
Morton
Mugginton
New Mills
Newbold
Newhall
Newton Solney
Norbury
Normanton
Old Brampton
Osmaston
Overseal
Parwich
Peak Forest
Pentrich
Pilsley
Quarndon
Radbourne
Repton
Ripley
Risley
Rocester
Rosliston
Shirebrook
Shirland
Shirley
Smalley
Snelston
Somersal Herbert
South Normanton
South Wingfield
Spondon
Stanley
Stanton by Dale
Stanton in Peak
Staveley
Stony Middleton
Stretton
Sutton on the Hill
Swadlincote
Swanwick
Swarkeston
Taddington
Tansley
Taxal
Thorpe
Tibshelf
Ticknall
Tideswell
Tintwistle
Tissington
Totley
Toton
Trusley
Turnditch
Unstone
Upper Langwith
Walton upon Trent
West Hallam
Westhouses
Weston Underwood
Weston upon Trent
Whaley Bridge
Whatstandwell
Whittington
Whitwell
Willington
Windley
Wingerworth
Winster
Wirksworth
Yeaveley
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Status: Ceremonial & (smaller) Non-metropolitan county
Region: East Midlands
Area: 2,625 sq. km
Admin HQ: Matlock
ISO 3166-2: GB-DBY
ONS code: 17
NUTS 3: UKF12/13
Population: 981,200 (2005 est.)
Council: Derbyshire County Council

 
     
 
   

 
 
   
 
 
 
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