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Prime Location Derbyshire Area Guide

Derbyshire is a remote, rural county that is home to the furthest place from the ocean in the UK, Church Flat farms. Around 225 miles of the county are made up of the Peak District National Park, making it ideal for people who love wide open spaces. The districts are High Peak, Derbyshire Dales, South Derbyshire, Erewash, Amber Valley, North East Derbyshire, Chesterfield and Bolsover. High Peak sits between Sheffield and Greater Manchester. Most of the population of the Derbyshire Dales is along the River Derwent. South Derbyshire is expected to have a population explosion, growing by 23% by 2025, faster than England as a whole. Erewash is near Nottingham and includes the towns of Ilkeston, Long Eaton and Sandiacre.

Amber Valley is a somewhat rural district, and the government of North East Derbyshire is based in its neighbouring district, Chesterfield. Chesterfield is mostly made up of the market town with the same name, located where the Rother and Hipper rivers meet. Bolsover sits at the border between the Peak District and Robin Hood country. Derby, the city that gives the county its name, is a unitary authority.

Demographics

Derbyshire has about 769,600 residents. Just under 18% of the population is aged 15 and younger, and about 18.5% is aged 65 and over. The proportion of younger people is almost in line with the proportion in England, which is just under 19%, though the county has a larger proportion of older people than in England, which is just over 16%.

As a rural county literally in the middle of England, Derbyshire– somewhat unsurprisingly – is not very diverse when it comes to ethnicity. Almost 94% of the county describes their ethnic background as white British, compared to just under 83% in England as a whole. In economic terms, Derbyshire is doing slightly better than England. Just over 72% of the working age population are in work, compared to 70.4% in England.

Education

Most primary schools in Derbyshire are rated good or outstanding by Ofsted, and the outstanding schools include Lea Primary School in Matlock and St Anne's Church of England Primary School in Bakewell.

Most of the outstanding secondary schools have recently converted to academies, and these include Brookfield Community School in Chesterfield and Heanor Gate Science College in Heanor.

Transport

The M1 linking London to Leeds skirts across the eastern corner of Derbyshire, and the county is criss-crossed with A roads and trunk roads.

Railway stations include Peartree Railway Station, which is along the Crewe-Derby Line from Crewe to Derby, and Spondon Railway Station, which has services to Matlock and Derby on the Derwent Valley Line and to Nottingham, Birmingham and Cardiff.

Amenities and shopping

Derby has a lot of shopping opportunities, and many Derbyshire residents travel into the city to visit the Westfield shopping centre there. Many of the villages have their own shopping centres and especially factory shops. The De Bradelei Mill Shop and the Peak Village Outlet Shopping Centre both offer high street and designer brands for much less than usual retail shops.

There are also shopping centres that capture the character of their settings. Peak Village near Rowsley has more than 25 shops nestled in the hills of the Peak District. The Masson Mills Shopping Village in Matlock Bath has four levels of fashion, accessories, homewares and gifts and is next door to the Masson Mills Working Textile Museum. The Forge Shopping Centre in Dronfield concentrates on independent shops, boutiques and service providers.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@primelocation.com

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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