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.
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.
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.