Derbyshire is located in the East Midlands and is generally regarded as being in the center of the UK, due to the fact that one if the villages that resides within it (Coton in the Elms) houses Church Flatts Farm, that is cited as being further away from the sea than any other point in the UK. It is one the the UK’s most popular destinations for travellers and visitors, as it has a unique blend of stunning scenery, idyllic locations, and excitement for those seeking outdoor activities.
Derbyshire was undoubtedly used in prehistoric times, as limestone caves were discovered in the cresswell crags signifying the presence of prehistoric man. The presence of many burial sites and burrows, stone circles and other clues also point to a prominent bronze age presence. Communities appeared due to the frequent flooding of the River Derwent (the main Derbyshire river), making it impossible to travel and pass so they were forced to settle along the river banks for miles around.
The Romans were seen in the first and second centuries, closely followed after their disappearance by the Saxons, who created a settlement now known as Markeaton. From that point onwards, communities and towns flourished in much the same way as the rest of the UK. The only significant change was in the 18th century, when the industrial revolution saw many factories appearing, along with a large mining industry, and communities and towns built around it such as Swadlincote, Wirksworth and many others.
Today, around 1million people are thought to live in Derbyshire (according to current government census figures) and this figure is growing by around 3% every ten years, which is slightly higher than the national average percentage of around 2.7%. However, the population density is currently around 2.9 people per hectare, which is lower than the majority of england (primarily due to the peak district being so sparsely populated).
With the mining industry now in decline, much of Derbyshires revenue is from tourism. With its numerous attractions, stunning scenery, and idyllic locations, Derbyshire is a popular place to take a break or a holiday.
Places to visit in Derbyshire
Bordered by West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire and Leicestershire, Derbyshire is home to some of the UK’s finest attractions and scenery. The Peak District occupies much of Derbyshire, and attracts visitors by the thousands. There are also numerous stately homes and historic building such as Chatsworth House, Bolsover Castle, Hardwick Hall, Calke Abbey and many more. Visitors who fancy something a little more exciting or adrenalin filled can opt for any of the activities which are available to them in the peak district, or jotted around some of the smaller towns. These include Hang Gliding and Paragliding, Canoeing, Horse Riding, Rock Climbing, Hiking and Walking, Archery, Go Karting, climbing the trees at Go- Ape, and much more.