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I want to move to the Peak District, does anyone have any experience of the reality of living around there?

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OverMyDeadBody Mon 14-Jul-08 19:35:00

I need to escape, and I think that is where I want to go, but I don't want to live in central Sheffield.

Can anyone share their experiences? Where's nice? Where should I avoid?

What are schools like?

I was thinking somewhere around Chesterfield, but only becasue I drove through there yesterday! Ideally I'd like to be close to Froggatt or Stanage.

Tell me your experiences!

OverMyDeadBody Mon 14-Jul-08 20:00:37



onlyjoking9329 Mon 14-Jul-08 20:01:40

i have some mates who live in lumsdale near tansley and it is lovely where they are living.

ahundredtimes Mon 14-Jul-08 20:03:38


All those hills, and the grey stone and it rains a lot and everyone goes on about how beautiful it is, but it's forbidding and gloomy and has no decent shops.

That was my experience. smile

OverMyDeadBody Mon 14-Jul-08 20:05:29

Thank you OJ and ahundred

The hills is what I am after, because I am so sick of the flat fens grin

OverMyDeadBody Mon 14-Jul-08 20:06:22

although you are right, it does rain a lot doesn't it, I bet the winters there are gloomy...

But where should I move to then? <wails>

ahundredtimes Mon 14-Jul-08 20:08:39

Oh look, no, go. Everyone loves it, everyone wants to live there, except for me. But I was lonely and a bit mad, and ds1 was a baby and I couldn't drive and I hated the scudding clouds and marvellous peaks and just the endless endlessness of the countryside.

You should go there. Everyone loves it, apart from me.

OverMyDeadBody Mon 14-Jul-08 20:13:16

Actually I don't love it much either, but I need a change, and I need to be closer to proper rock for climbing. And I need to move spemwhere where I can actually afford the rent grrrrrrr

OverMyDeadBody Mon 14-Jul-08 20:13:51

and I can't drive sad

It's not looking good is it?

onlyjoking9329 Mon 14-Jul-08 20:25:24

i love matlock we go there as much as possible, we are not far from there, i don't know if it is "doable" without transport thou

OverMyDeadBody Mon 14-Jul-08 20:28:40

have been looking at matlock on google earth and looked at properties on right move there, it's certainly affordable, but yes I would need a car wouldn't I?

janeite Mon 14-Jul-08 20:30:30

Matlock is probably fine without a car but the villages around it would be v hard work if you have to rely on public transport. I actually think the bus services have got worse (and are hideously expensive) in the last 5-10 years. Whenever I go "home" am appalled at how much a short bus journey costs.

The trains between Matlock and Derby are pretty good though and then once you're in Derby you can get pretty much anywhere.

edam Mon 14-Jul-08 20:30:54

Not driving is a bit of a problem for the Peak District but you could look around Grindleford/Hathersage and places along that railway line - do a bit of googling and you'll see which villages have stations (vague memory that Bamford does but may be wrong). The Peak District is beautiful and I've move there like a shot if I didn't have to be near London for work. Check out whether any house you are looking at is in the catchment for Lady Manners (Bakewell) if you want secondary schools.

Chesterfield is cheaper than Peak District proper but v. close. Villages such as Dronfield are nice but don't know about schools.

OverMyDeadBody Mon 14-Jul-08 20:31:40

thank you janeite!

So how much does an average bus journey cost? It's £3 here for a return, is it sheaper than that?

Do you know anything about the schools?

OverMyDeadBody Mon 14-Jul-08 20:32:14

thank you edam!

OverMyDeadBody Mon 14-Jul-08 20:32:40

I thkn I need to put 'learn to drive' on my top priorities list

avenanap Mon 14-Jul-08 20:34:10

I live in Derby, which is at the bottom of the pea district. Houses in the peak valley are expensive, Matlock is lovely but they reguarly get biker groups congregating in the town, espeially on Bank Holiday mondays and it can get really noisy/busy.

Chesterfield is quite nice, as is Bakewell. Belper is a nice part too but the schools have alot to be desired. A friend at ds's old school sent her children there and she said the schools were a nightmare. She sent them private in the end. Duffield is lovely, half is the rich bit if you know what I mean. The schools are excellent and there's a very good state secondary that people fight over and it bumps up the house prices. The buses are very good, mostly on time, clean (apart from the OAP's dropping their tickets). The rents vary alot depending on where you want to look at. There's a bus that goes through most of the peak district.

OverMyDeadBody Mon 14-Jul-08 20:37:45

Thank you avenanap! That's loads of really good advice, really appreciated!

Ok, I will investigate this further!

edam Mon 14-Jul-08 20:40:12

Oh yes, traffic is always a problem in the Peak District because there are so many visitors. In summer - or any sunny day - the roads are jammed. I suppose if you live in one of the villages you get to know the back ways...

OverMyDeadBody Mon 14-Jul-08 20:51:54

Well where I live now is such a tourist site I have to literally push through the visitors in town on any given saturday, so I'm used to that!

I wonder how doable it is to cycle everywhere?hmm maybe not with all the hills!

lulurose Mon 14-Jul-08 21:06:05

I'm from Derby originally, good transport links. Duffield and Wirksworth are lovely, excellent schools in both. Parents live in Matlock: pool, supermarkets, lovely walks and beautiful scenery. We love visiting. How exciting, I wish we could move back but my husband is a die hard southerner!

OverMyDeadBody Mon 14-Jul-08 21:10:26

thank you lulu!

Is it a lot colder and wetter than the south? Will it be a shock to me?

Hecate Mon 14-Jul-08 21:14:20

I live in the dales.


Buses can be a bitch!

Matlock is a TOWN! Everything is there! No problems at all, it's not what I'd call rural!

Chesterfield is rough! Not pretty at all and some bits are awful. Not somewhere I'd recommend. If you don't live there you can see nice bits but trust me, it is not nice to live in (I used to live there!)

Dronfield is not nice. Nor is Clay Cross or Cresswell. Clowne used to be but it's really got horrible recently.

If you want to be close to rock climbing - move to Hathersage! grin It's also got a train station - line runs through grindleford, bamford etc, it's the sheffield to manchester line, I think (never use it myself).

Bakewell is great. Very nice.

Oh, everywhere is lovely round here!

And I'm here too............

You know what. If you seriously want to move, you are very welcome to come and visit me. I will drive you round the area and you can get a feel for it? It's a genuine offer. smile

Hecate Mon 14-Jul-08 21:15:57

Yes. It's colder than the south.

Pinkveto Mon 14-Jul-08 21:18:21

Matlock is a serious honeypot, I'd avoid really.

Trainline good suggestion, or you could look on the manchester side - glossop etc although I dont know what the rocks like over there.

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