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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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!
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! 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.