8 of the most beautiful places in… Derbyshire

Date Posted: 18/10/2016

From a church with a twist to the natural rivers and dales that weave throughout this rural county, here are eight picturesque places in Derbyshire for groups to visit with a camera in hand.

1. Ashford-in-the-Water (pictured above). (Photo credit: VisitEngland, VisitPeakDistrict and Linda Bussey).

Ashford-in-the-Water is a little Peak District village known for the quarrying of Ashford black marble. It is home to what’s said to be the most photographed bridge in Britain that has the crystal clear waters of the River Wye flowing underneath.

2. Chatsworth House. (Photo credit: VisitEngland, Chatsworth House Trust and Jude Gadd).

Chatsworth Estate

If you’re only in Derbyshire for a day, make time to visit Chatsworth House near Bakewell. The well-cared for estate offers a mansion house to explore, a stone courtyard of little gift shops, long stretching areas of grass, and a deer park where the resident deer herds wander freely. 

3. Renishaw Hall & Gardens. (Photo credit: VisitEngland, Renishaw Hall and Nicola Bilson).

Renishaw Hall Gardens

Grade 1-listed Renishaw boasts something attractive to suit all weathers, from the majestic décor of the hall itself, to the colourful gardens. There’s also the Sitwell Museum inside Renishaw, a vineyard, old stables and a plant centre.

4. Buxton Opera House. (Photo credit: VisitEngland and Buxton Opera House).

Buxton Opera House

The regal-looking Buxton Opera House was built in 1903 in The Square in Buxton. It’s a 902-seat opera house that hosts the annual Buxton Festival as well as pantomimes at Christmas, musicals and other entertainment year-round. Private tours are available for groups that would like to go behind-the-scenes.

5. Matlock Bath. (Photo credit: VisitEngland, VisitPeakDistrict and Linda Bussey).

Matlock Bath

Matlock Bath, another quaint Derbyshire village, is both picturesque and full of things for active groups to do. The surrounding area is great for those feeling adventurous; canoeing, abseiling, caving and rock climbing can be organised at locations around Matlock.

6. Chesterfield Parish Church. (Photo credit: VisitEngland, VisitPeakDistrict and Linda Bussey).

Chesterfield church

The famous twisted tower of the church in Chesterfield is worth a snap; it is believed that the twisting of the spire was caused by the lead that covers the spire expanding in the sun. The church is free to enter, welcomes groups, and offers twisted spire tours to visitors.

7. Bakewell from the River Wye. (Photo credit: VisitEngland and VisitPeakDistrict).


Groups should make time for a stop in Bakewell. From the old bookshops to the traditional bakers, this town has plenty of the oldy-woldy features that might be expected from a quaint rural village. Bakewell also acts as a great starting point for a number of long and short walks around the surrounding countryside.

8. Monsal Dale

The viaduct at Monsal

Walking groups can choose from a number of trails through Monsal Dale, including the Monsal Trail which is eight and a half miles long and follows a section of the former Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midlands Junction Railway. The impressive Headstone Viaduct is also located at Monsal Head – great for the snap-happy in your group.

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