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.