Market Towns

Quintessential to the area, each Derbyshire town is distinctly unique, full of culture and heritage and with lots of great shops and eateries.


The pretty town of Ashbourne is just a five minute drive away from Knockerdown. Set amongst the rolling hills of the Derbyshire Dales. Here you will find a wonderful selection of shops, café’s, bars, pubs and restaurants. Spend a day wandering around the pretty cobbled streets and hidden alleys, explore the wealth of independent shops and dine in style in one of the many eateries.

If you are lucky enough to visit Ashbourne on Shrove Tuesday you will witness one of the most unusual and extraordinary sporting fixtures in the UK. The annual two-day Royal Shrovetide Football Match where one half of the town plays the other, using the town as the pitch, with goals three miles apart!

Photo credit: Visit Peak District & Derbyshire
Credit: Photo credit: Visit Peak District & Derbyshire


Photo credit: Visit Peak District
Credit: Photo credit: Visit Peak District & Derbyshire

Belper is a twenty minute drive from Knockerdown and it is definitely worth taking in the sites of this iconic town. Belper is famous for its industrial history and lies at the heart of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. The town is steeped in industrial history so why not take a tour of sights such as Long Row and The Clusters, the Nail Makers Workshop and St John's Chapel, the oldest building in the town and home to Belper Heritage Centre. 

Belper River Gardens is a beautiful spot, colourful floral displays, band concerts and special events at where you will find 18th century Horseshoe Weir. 

Alongside its wealth of Industrial Heritage, Belper was last year crowned the Champion Award Winner in the Great British High Street Awards. For those that enjoy a little retail therapy retail therapy Belper as a wide range of specialist shops and a popular monthly Farmers' Market in the historic Market Place.
There's a whole host of cafés, pubs and restaurants for you to relax in after your town wanderings, and you can expect no less than a friendly welcome, great coffee, locally produced food, real ales and much more!


Home to the most famous of puddings, Bakewell is definitely one not to miss. This charming town is full of independent shops, eateries, bars, pubs and more. Top of the list has to be the Original Bakewell Pudding shop where you can sample the original Bakewell Puddings along with lots of many other local delicacies. A stroll around the pretty lanes and streets will also reveal some fascinating historical buildings and the banks of River Wye offer a great place to sit and enjoy some local fish and chips!

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Credit: Photo credit: Visit Peak District & Derbyshire


Photo Credit: Gail Hampshire (flickr)
Credit: Photo Credit: Gail Hampshire (flickr)

Another ancient Derbyshire market town steeped in history and just a short drive away from Knockerdown. Wirksworth contains over 100 structures listed by Historic England, but the best place to start your exploration of the town is the Wirksworth Heritage Centre, just off Market Place in Crown Yard. The exhibition shows the history of Wirksworth from its prehistoric Dream Cave and the findings of woolly rhinos, through its Roman and lead mining histories, to the modern era. 

Other nearby attractions include the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, the Steeple Grange Light Railway and of course the Peak District National Park. On top of all that history and culture the town is famed for being a Fairtrade town since 2009, and houses a variety of independent shops, restaurants, bars and pubs. If you are lucky enough to visit in September the Wirksworth Festival celebrates and promotes arts in the town.