Visiting the Dales

Picturesque villages and bustling market towns with historic buildings, speciality shops and local produce ...wooded valleys overlooked by spectacular crags and cut by sparking rivers. The Derbyshire Dales has all of this - a perfect choice for a day out, a weekend break or a longer holiday.

Walkers and cyclists enjoy an unrivalled choice of waymarked paths – offering routes to suit every ability, from gentle riverside paths to challenging long-distance routes. But many people visit the area simply to enjoy a gentle stroll around one of the many unspoilt villages.

The market towns of Bakewell, Ashbourne and Wirksworth are all unique in style and character. Browse around the Georgian streets, cobbled yards and antique shops of Ashbourne, lean over the ancient stone bridge spanning the River Wye in Bakewell and delight in the arts and crafts of historic Wirksworth. Or stop awhile in Matlock or Matlock Bath , developed as Victorian spas.

With a wealth of historic houses, including splendid Chatsworth, medieval Haddon Hall and the National Trust's stately Sudbury Hall, plus a World Heritage Site in the Derwent Valley, there is plenty to interest the history enthusiast.  And with well dressings, festivals, shows and other events throughout the year you'll be spoilt for choice when visiting the Derbyshire Dales.

Our car parks

Derbyshire Dales District Council has partnered with PayByPhone so you can now use a text payment service when paying for car parking in the public car parks managed by us.
Each car park has its own unique 6 digit reference number which can be found on the side of the payment machine and/or on the App. Cash payments are also available at all of our machines.

In some rural areas (such as Hartington and Baslow), the signal strength can be poor, so we would recommend you download the PayByPhone App at home (or where you have Wi-Fi available), follow the instructions to register a valid debit/credit card and your vehicle, before driving to the your car park of choice.
Making the payment on the App uses a lot less signal strength so payments should process smoothly.

If you do not have a smartphone, you can call PayByPhone on 0330 400 7275 and register a valid debit/credit card and your vehicle details and these will be saved for any parking sessions you would like to activate in the future.