Leisure time choices

There is an array of leisure choices for those who locate in Derbyshire, including the world renowned Peak District National Park.

Winnats Pass, Derbyshire

Derbyshire has a unique offer. Irrespective of where they live in the county, Derbyshire's residents have easy access to both an area of outstanding national beauty and to major cities.

Derbyshire is home to around three quarters of 500 square miles of the Peak District National Park. With over 38 million visitors each year, the peaks are second only to Mount Fuji as the world's most visited National Park. Our compact, yet varied county encompasses everything from the rugged moors of the Dark Peak in the north to the lush meadows and woodlands of the National Forest in the south.

In a 'Golden Triangle' bounded by Buxton, Edale and Bakewell, you'll find some of the most beautiful landscapes you're ever likely to see − the ideal location for a huge variety of outdoor activities, from walking to rock climbing, cycling to hang gliding. It is also home to some of the country's most splendid historic houses, such as Chatsworth and Haddon Hall.

Just a stone's throw away are the scenic Derbyshire limestone dales, including Dovedale and nationally significant sites for wildlife, such as Lathkill Dale. Further east, Amber Valley includes historic gems such as the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, where the Industrial Revolution began.

Quality shopping, eating out, real ale trails, ghost walks and cultural gems offer a taste of Metro Peak in Derby, the southern gateway to the county. Our market towns offer a wide range of unique independents offering locally produced foods, crafts and quality brands.

The south of the county also has a stunning natural landscape and has plenty to offer including the National Forest and links to the national waterways via the Trent and Mersey canal.

The National Trust have a number of properties in the county including Calke Abbey, Hardwick and Kedleston Halls.

Derbyshire offers a range of arts, culture and leisure activities from the acclaimed Buxton Opera Festival and fringe, International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, through to the Derbyshire Food and Drink Fair. This along with the golf clubs, gyms, spas and outdoor sports facilities gives a variety of different activities for visitors and residents.

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