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Towns and Villages of the Peak District National Park

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Larger photographs from many of these Peak District towns and villages pages can be found at Derbyshire and Peak District Photographs

Alport
Alsop-en-le-Dale
Alstonefield
Ashbourne
Ashford in the Water
Bakewell
Baslow
Beeley
Biggin
Birchover
Bradwell
Butterton
Buxton
Calver
Castleton
Chapel-en-le-Frith
Chelmorton
Cressbrook
Cromford
Curbar
Darley Dale
Earl Sterndale
Edale
Edensor
Elton
Eyam
Fenny Bentley
Flagg
Flash
Foolow
Froggatt
Glossop
Great Hucklow
Great Longstone
Grindleford
Grindon
Hartington
Hathersage
Hayfield
Hollinsclough
Hope
Ilam
Litton
Little Longstone
Longnor
Matlock
Matlock Bath
Mayfield
Milldale
Middleton-by-Youlgreave
Monyash
Parwich
Pilsley
Rowsley
Sheldon
Stanton in the Peak
Stoney Middleton
Taddington
Tissington
Thorpe
Tideswell
Wetton
Youlgrave

Some of the above lie just outside the Peak District National Park boundary but still play a significant part of Peak District life. Ashbourne and Buxton are excellent centres for exploring the region and offer a greater variety of accommodation and entertainment. There are hundreds of towns and villages in the Peak District National Park. Many are small, quite isolated and built of the abundant native stone.

Many of the villages were mentioned in Domesday. They mostly belonged to the King with an individual placed in charge. They were mostly simple agricultural communities that consisted of a few farmsteads, a church and a mill. Some were owned by the Church but many of these were passed onto great families at the time of the dissolution of the monastries. Many of these families have remained associated with the villages for centuries and some villages were built to serve the needs of great estates that built up.

Many of our present day villages have very unique and varying characters. There is nearly always some focal point, whether it be a school, church, pub, village hall or just a shop. Many have all these and much more. Most have plenty of community spirit, sometimes dampened by the loss of a village school, or the closing of post office or shop. Generally, villagers will get together for special occasions like Well Dressing or an annual fete.

Tourist Information Centres

Many of the villages above also offer external links to their own local websites.

For maps on any of the above villages try either www.streetmap.co.uk or www.multimap.co.uk

For historical maps try Old Peak District Maps

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