Scenic driving route from Derby through the Peak District and where to stop along the way

Visit Chatsworth House, Matlock Bath and Bakewell on this drive through the Peak District
Dobb Edge, Baslow is a spectacular view Dobb Edge, Baslow is a spectacular view
Dobb Edge, Baslow is a spectacular view

One of the best things about living in Derby is the city's proximity to some of the most gorgeous parts of the country.

The Peak District and Derbyshire Dales are undoubtedly a jewel in the crown of Britain, boasting spectacular views, chocolate box villages, and more.

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If you're a walker then getting out into the Peaks is a no-brainer, after all some spectacular hikes are waiting for you to trek.

But not everyone loves to adventure on foot, some people prefer to speed along country roads, by motorbike or by car.

So we've come up with a lovely driving route that takes you from Derby, through the Peak District and back home again.

This route offers a mix of stunning scenery, historic landmarks, and quaint villages, making it a perfect day trip from Derby. Enjoy your drive and exploration of the beautiful Derbyshire Dales.

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We've included some great places to stop off along the way, for food or for mooching about. So blast the stereo, treat yourself to some elite car snacks (Percy Pigs), and enjoy the ride of your life through the Peaks.

The grounds of the magnificent Chatsworth House, just outside Chesterfield, are an ideal place for a scenic walk. There's two different routes you can take - one spans six miles, while the other is eight miles long. If you get the bus into Baslow and start there, you can loop back round and pop into one of the village pubs - the Prince of Wales, the Wheatsheaf Hotel or the Devonshire Arms.The grounds of the magnificent Chatsworth House, just outside Chesterfield, are an ideal place for a scenic walk. There's two different routes you can take - one spans six miles, while the other is eight miles long. If you get the bus into Baslow and start there, you can loop back round and pop into one of the village pubs - the Prince of Wales, the Wheatsheaf Hotel or the Devonshire Arms.
The grounds of the magnificent Chatsworth House, just outside Chesterfield, are an ideal place for a scenic walk. There's two different routes you can take - one spans six miles, while the other is eight miles long. If you get the bus into Baslow and start there, you can loop back round and pop into one of the village pubs - the Prince of Wales, the Wheatsheaf Hotel or the Devonshire Arms.

Step-by-step driving route

1. Start in Derby: Begin your journey from Derby and head towards the Peak District.

2. Matlock Bath: Your first stop could be Matlock Bath, a picturesque village known for its beautiful riverfront and Victorian promenade. You can stroll along the riverside, grab a coffee, and enjoy the charming atmosphere.

3. Chatsworth House: Next, drive towards Chatsworth House, one of the most magnificent stately homes in England. While you may not have time for a full visit, you can still admire the stunning architecture and gardens from the outside.

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4. Baslow: From Chatsworth, continue to the village of Baslow, which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. You can take a short walk around Baslow Edge or simply soak in the scenery from the car.

5. Bakewell: After Baslow, head to Bakewell, famous for its delicious Bakewell pudding. Take a break here to explore the quaint streets, visit the historic Bakewell Bridge, and indulge in a sweet treat.

6. Eyam: Next, drive to the village of Eyam, known for its fascinating history during the plague. You can visit the Eyam Museum to learn more about the village's past and stroll around the historic streets.

7. Monsal Head: Finally, make your way to Monsal Head, one of the most iconic viewpoints in the Peak District. Here, you can enjoy panoramic views of the Monsal Dale and viaduct. It's a perfect spot for a scenic photo opportunity or a leisurely walk.

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8. Return to Derby: After soaking in the views at Monsal Head, begin your journey back to Derby, taking the scenic route through the Derbyshire Dales once more.

Places to Stop along the way

  • The Peacock at Rowsley: This historic inn offers excellent food and a cosy atmosphere, perfect for a lunch stop.
  • The Devonshire Arms at Beeley: Another great option for lunch or a refreshing drink, located in a charming village setting.
  • The Red Lion at Litton: This traditional pub offers a warm welcome and a selection of local ales, ideal for a relaxing break.