Darley Dale

Situated alongside the A6 between Bakewell and Rowsley, many pass through the village and miss out on some little gems.

The original part of the village is centred off the A6, around the church of St Helen's and close to the river Derwent, with more modern housing straddling the A6 and on the hillside. The development of the village owes much to Sir Joseph Whitworth, a wealthy industrialist, who lived at Stancliffe Hall. His legacy includes the Whitworth Centre, which incorporates a hotel, council offices, sports and leisure facilities and adjoining parkland. In the churchyard is the famous old yew tree; with a girth of 33ft. it is one of the thickest in the country. Over the river from the picturesque Darley Bridge is Oker Hill, a fine vantage point to view the Derwent Valley. On Darley Moor there are good centres providing self-catering holidays.

Things to do; The Red House Stables and Working Carriage Museum has one of the finest collections of horse drawn vehicles and equipment in Britain, you can also take carriage rides from there. The heritage railway run by Peak Rail operates trains from Darley Dale Station throughout the year some services are steam hauled. There are some good walks in the area, notably on Darley Moor in the Forestry Commission plantations. The Derwent Valley Heritage Trail runs through the village.