Derbyshire Dales area key facts

The Derbyshire Dales is one of Britain's most scenic areas. A rural area with over 100 villages, it includes much of the Peak District National Park and yet is situated within two hours drive of almost half the UK population.

This central location, superb environment and quality of life is attracting forward-looking small businesses which value the Peak District and Dales image.


  • 71,100


  • (square miles) 69,800

Main Towns (Population)

  • Matlock 10,500
  • Ashbourne 7,500
  • Wirksworth 5,500
  • Bakewell 4,500 

Distance (miles) from Matlock

  • 10 Chesterfield
  • 18 Derby
  • 19 Sheffield
  • 25 Nottingham
  • 35 Manchester
  • 35 Stoke-on-Trent
  • 10 M1 (junction 28)
  • 40 M6 (junction 19)
  • 33 East Midlands Airport
  • 40 Manchester Airport

Rail Service

  • Matlock - Derby - Nottingham
  • Hope Valley (with connections to Manchester - Sheffield)

  What Derbyshire Dales can offer your Business

  •  A superb central location
  • One of Britain's premier scenic areas, with over half of the District is in the Peak District National Park
  • Surrounded by cities - 3.5m people live within 30 miles of the heart of the Derbyshire Dales
  • The motorway network is within easy reach and there are 3 airports within a travel time of 1 hour
  • Rail services connect the district to Manchester, Derby, Nottingham and London
  • The perfect living and working environment

A special business environment

  •  Nearly 4200 businesses
  • Ideally suited to modern technology and environmentally aware business
  • More businesses per head than any other Derbyshire district
  • Competitiveness - the highest performing district in Derbyshire
  • A thriving visitor economy with over 5 million visitors per annum bringing £340m to the local economy
  • A multi-skilled local workforce
  • 36% of the workforce holding degree level qualifications
  • Top quality secondary schools
  • A wide range of industrial and commercial activities, modern and traditional

Development opportunities

  • Sites for small to medium sized business
  • Town centre retail and office premises
  • Strategic development sites - 24ha new employment land
  • 5700 new homes planned by 2033 
A few key facts about the Derbyshire Dales