Derbyshire

Derbyshire is a beautiful county in the East Midlands of England. The county is home to many different towns and villages to explore, including Sheffield, Chesterfield and Derby. It’s also home to some great universities, such as Chesterfield College and Derby University.

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Best places to live in Derbyshire

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Chatsworth Bridge

Where is Derbyshire?

Derbyshire is located in the East Midlands of England, bordering Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire. The county has a population of over one million people and covers an area of just over two thousand square kilometres.

Areas in Derbyshire

Derbyshire is a large county, spanning both the Peak District and the Midlands. The main population centres are in the north of the county around Derby and Chesterfield, and in the south around Matlock and Buxton.

There are also several smaller towns scattered throughout Derbyshire.

The Peak District National Park is situated in the northwest of Derbyshire and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in England. Other areas of interest include:

Chesterfield – A historic market town in the north of the county, Chesterfield is home to a large outdoor market and an annual Chesterfield Music Festival. It is also known for its Crooked Spire, a church tower that leans sharply to the north.

Derbyshire Dales – A picturesque area of rolling hills and limestone caves in the south of Derbyshire. The Derbyshire Dales are popular with hikers and mountain bikers.

The twisted spire in Chesterfield

Bolsover – A small town boasting the Bolsover Castle, which is one of the most popular castles in England for visitors who want a taste of history.

Derby – A city and metropolitan borough in the east of Derbyshire, Derby is known for its links to the silk industry and is home to Derby County Football Club.

Dovedale – located in the Peak District, this area is known for its dramatic landscapes and limestone cliffs.

Matlock – A town situated in the Derbyshire Dales, Matlock is a popular destination for tourists who want to enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking and cycling.

Matlock Bath – a picturesque village located on the banks of the River Derwent, Matlock Bath is well known for its Georgian architecture.

Chesterfield – The largest town in the county, Chesterfield is predominantly a commuter suburb of Sheffield and has plenty to offer visitors including an impressive Market Hall and Theatre Royal.

Universities in Derbyshire

Derbyshire is home to a number of universities, including

Chesterfield College – A large independent college with a focus on business, engineering and technology, Chesterfield College has a range of courses on offer at both graduate and undergraduate levels.

Peaks district in Derbyshire

Derbyshire College – An independent college that is part of the BU Group, Derbyshire College delivers vocational training in many areas including business, catering and hairdressing to name but a few.

University of Derby – The University of Derby has over 20,000 students enrolled across its campuses located across Derbyshire and Staffordshire and offers courses in sports science, childcare studies and dentistry among others. 

Top Schools in Derbyshire

Derbyshire is home to an excellent selection of primary and secondary schools, including:

Brookfield School – An independent school for boys and girls aged from three to sixteen years old, located just outside Chesterfield, the Brookfield School is a co-educational day school.

Derby Grammar School – Derby Grammar was founded in 1994 but its roots go back to the early sixteenth century. The school is an academy for boys aged eleven to eighteen and occupies a twenty-acre site in Littleover near Derby city centre

King’s School – An independent day school for girls aged three to sixteen years old located on Uttoxeter Road in Derby, the King’s School is rated as outstanding by Ofstead.

Population of Derbyshire

Currently, there are approximately 700,000 people living in all areas that make up the county with a population density averaging 200 people per square kilometre.

 

Reviews in Derbyshire

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The biggest downside is the lack of finished roads

Review Date May 2022

There are no shops in the 5 minute drive range however being close to Derby Road will connect you to chesterfield and clay cross very quickly. The reserve and field are really good for dog walking however this also causes a problem with people parking on the roads blocking access for locals.

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The estate is lovely. The biggest downside is the lack of finished roads and paths on streets which have been finished for over a year. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of prioritising on finishing project which have been already started. Makes the estate look almost scruffy.

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The finishing touches don’t seem to be a priority and it almost feels like no one takes pride in their work anymore.

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We fell in love with the big floor to ceiling windows around the house.

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Design of home are great – compact but spacious

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Review Date May 2022

There does need to be more amenities close by but the park across the road is breathtakingly beautiful

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Design of home are great – compact but spacious. Property has been managed well since my move. Any issues are addressed promptly by management. It would be nice to have more local facilities on the estate as you have to drive everywhere for basic shopping, pharmacy, medical services, coffee, etc.

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The local football club that park on our street occasionally would have been good to know about.

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The view is gorgeous and my layout is unique with a kitchen/bay in the front of the house.

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Overall a nice convenient place to live – beware of the traffic!

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Review Date May 2022

Excellent transport links – close to the A38. Excellent shops within easy walking distance. Close to the large hospital and an easy quick journey into town.
Can get stuck in the hospital/Kingsway/A38 traffic which can sometimes get gridlocked.
There is a fair amount of morning and evening traffic into the Kingsway hospital car park. Currently it is noisy from construction work

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When we first moved in it was unfinished. Covid struck and also problems with the planning. This meant a good year of delay with no building. They have restarted now and it’s very noisy. The road outside our home is uneven and unfinished (after 3.5 years!) we have complained to no avail.
We had no complaints with getting things sorted in the house when we had snagging issues.
Promised a walkthrough path to Aldi – still waiting 3.5 years on!

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The issues with the roads leading to Kingsway shops and the A38
We have solar panels but no idea how to link them to our power supplier!

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Roomy 4 bed, 3 storey house. Close to shops and the hospital.

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Decent

Review Date May 2022

The area is nice and has a nature park nearby also it has a pub down the road and one of the issues is theres not many shops in walking distance

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the design and building is really good i like the design of the house because it has alot of living space to chill and the kitchen is big making to easier to move around garden is a good size also the paved garden area is good for fire pits and barbeques

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i wish i knew that not many shops was nearby before i moved in

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the best feature of the house is the size for living

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