3 Pretty Derbyshire Villages That You Should Visit

Ashford in the Water, Bakewell DE45, UK

Derbyshire has some absolutely beautiful villages to visit. Here's our pick of three that you should add to your list of future travels.

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Just off the A515 Ashbourne to Buxton road near Buxton, this tiny, quaint Peak District village is tucked away, but still only a few minutes off the main road. As you pass through the valley into Hartington, you'll see cattle wandering up the sides of the hills, grazing away, plus the odd cyclist trundling along the viaduct of the Tissington Trail.

You can pop into the Beresford Tea Rooms for a drink, treat yourself to a truckle from The Hartington Cheese Shop, or even hop on to the nearby trail for a brisk walk or cycle. 

You can find more out about Hartington on our comprehensive guide to the village.


(Okay, so Milldale is actually a hamlet, rather than a village, but you should still definitely add it to your list of places to visit.)

On the border between Derbyshire and Staffordshire (but still in the county!), Milldale is at the Northern end of Dovedale.

With a scattering of beautiful cottages, Milldale is a popular destination with walkers on their way through the Dove Valley.

Polly's cottage is the only eatery on offer in Milldale. While there's no indoor seating, you can take your food and drink to snaffle on the bank of the River Dove. (Do expect the hamlet's duck residents to beg for your food though!)

Duck cottage is a pretty building that you can see as you enter Milldale. It's one of those beautiful cottages that's become a haven for Instagrammers wanting lovely architecture to photograph. It's also a rental cottage for tourists to stay in these days.

Viator's bridge is a former packhorse bridge that sits at the furthest end of the hamlet. Whilst walking over it you can see the remains of the millstone that used to sit there. There's also a National Trust Information Barn in Milldale that's built from the remains of the mill.

All in all, Milldale is a beautiful place to have a quiet walk and some peace from the hectic pace of modern life.


Ashford-in-the-Water is one of the most popular Peak District villages with tourists. Dotted with beautiful cottages, wells, and a picturesque bridge, it's the perfect chocolate box village.

Sheepwash Bridge sits over the River Wye and is so popular that it even made it to the titles of Peak Practice (later on, once the familiar medicine bottles had been consigned to the history books). And, according to Visit England, Ashford-in-the-Water is the best place in the country to play pooh sticks.

There are two pubs on offer in the village, plus a tea room. It is also only around two miles past Bakewell on the A6 (North-bound), so it's easy to visit both places in one day.

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