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The local area guide to living in Derbyshire

The rural county of Derbyshire is most famous for its stunning countryside, in particular, the Peak District National Park. With approximately 225 miles to explore, it’s the perfect destination for ramblers and outdoorsmen.

The county is made up of eight districts, each with its own unique character. South Derbyshire is one that is growing in popularity, with an expected population increase of 23% by 2025. Bolsover is another favoured destination, thanks to its scenic setting at the border of the Peak District and Robin Hood county.

Other districts include: High Peak, which is situated between Greater Manchester and Sheffield; Erewash, near Nottingham; Derbyshire Dales, which is home to the River Derwent, where much of the district’s population is gathered; Amber Valley; North East Derbyshire; and Chesterfield, which is dominated by a market town.

Information about the local residents

There are approximately 769,600 residents in Derbyshire, with the average age slightly higher than in the rest of England; approximately 18.5% of the population is aged 65 and over. The number of under-15s in the area is approximately 18%, which is in line with the national average.

The vast majority of the population would describe their ethnicity as White British – a startling 94%. This number is significantly higher than the national average of 83%.

Derbyshire also has high employment rates, with over 72% of the working-aged population in employment. For comparison, the national average in England is 70.4%.

Nearby schools

There are a number of excellent school options in Derbyshire, with the majority of primary schools in the area receiving a ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ rating from school inspector Ofsted. Outstanding schools include St Anne’s Church of England Primary School, based in Bakewell, and Matlock’s Lea Primary School.

There are also outstanding secondary school academies in the area, such as the Heanor Gate Science College and Brookfield Community School in Chesterfield.

Getting around

One of the easiest routes into and around Derbyshire is by car, with the M1 skirting the eastern corner of the county and several A road routes running directly through.

There are also convenient railway links in a number of towns, including Peartree Railway Station, which operates on the Crewe-Derby Line, and Spondon Railway Station, which runs services to major cities such as Derby, Nottingham, Birmingham and Cardiff.

Local shops

The most obvious tourist draw in Derbyshire is the spectacular Peak District National Park. Adventure sports such as rock climbing, hang gliding and caving are an offer for more adventurous visitors, as well as a number of beautiful walking routes.

There’s also a charming Peak Village shopping district nestled among the scenery, with more than 25 shops selling unique and locally made produce. For high street favourites, a visit to Derby will yield plenty of results thanks to the popular Westfield Shopping Centre. There’s also the Masson Mills Shopping Village in Matlock Bath, which has four-storeys to browse.

Other attractions in the area include The Red House Stables & Carriage Museum in Matlock, the Old House Museum in Bakewell and the charming National Trust Museum of Childhood in Sudbury. For art lovers, the Chesterfield Museum & Art Gallery is well worth a look, as is Sharpe’s Pottery Museum.

There’s no shortage of entertainment options, with the famous Pavillion Arts Centre, Buxton Opera House and a number of theatre companies all within the county. There’s also a host of eateries and bars available, such as The Globe Inn, The Old Marina and The Fishpond. Each pub hosts its own gigs and music nights, so there’s something to suit every taste.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.