Where is the best place to live in the Peak District?

The peak District is an interesting place to consider living. Its main demographic of permanent residents are families, retirees, lovers of the great outdoors, and those looking for a quieter life. There are countless reasons to move here from more urban areas, a few of the benefits include:

  • You get more space for less money
  • A community feel with friendly neighbours
  • Stunning countryside views wherever you go
  • Your money tends to last longer
  • Crime rates are low

With that said, not all areas are created equal. There are certain locations that are sought after to the point that you might find there are 0 property listings for sale much of the time. So where is the best place to live in the Peak District? Since people move here for different reasons, let’s break it down based on desirability, practicality, local amenities, and property appeciation.

Bakewell

Bakewell is the capital of the Peak District and home to the infamous bakewell tart (the original pudding shop it still there). It’s one of the only towns in a region comprised of villages. As a result, it’s also the main access point for easy public transport, particularly for bus routes. Tourists flood to bakewell all-year round, which has its pros and cons. On the plus side, you’ll be close to lots of quirky shops, cafes, big supermarkets, and events such as carnivals and markets. The park is often buzzing with life and boasts tennis courts, football pitches, and children’s playgrounds inclusive of a water area. Fuel stations are easily accessible and the local school, Lady Manners, is the most revered for education in the Peak District. It’s ideal for families and retirees who like to stay somewhere busy without too many safety concerns.

Chatsworth

Chatsworth is certainly one of those high-end places that come with prestige but you’ll pay the price for it with the median house price coming in at around £560,000 in 2021. This isn’t so surprising given the association to Chatsworth House, which is home to the Duke of Devonshire and inspiration for Pemberley House in Jane Austen’s iconic novel, Pride and Prejudice. Alternatively, consider the village of Baslow next door. It’s held in high regard with beautiful houses boasting generous land space compared to most villages.

Edale

If you have money and love walks and long hikes, Edale is the perfect spot nestled in the rolling hills. Many of the properties are as expansive as the views with generous amounts of land. Staring at the horizon while sipping tea in your garden has never been so bliss. You’ll meet plenty of walking enthusiasts with interesting stories who stop off at hikers bar. And as a part of Hope Valley, you have easy to access to other stunning beauty spots and highest peaks in the Peak District such as Mam Tor.

Castleton

Not too far away in Hope Valley is the village of Castleton. As the name suggests there are ruins of Peveril Castle that you can visit, which gives the village an aura of historical importance. If you want to be close to the stunning views but you enjoy the idea of regular trips around the village exploring quirky shops then Castleton is more up your street than Edale. Your jaws will drop every time you drive in or out through Winnats Pass. Whether you want some of the best cycling, hiking and caving experiences or Peak District pubs, this is truly the place to be if you want it all. Plus, Hope station is a 5 minute drive which can take you either to Manchester in 50 minutes or Sheffield in 25 minutes so reaching some of the UK’s best cities is never too much hassle.

Hathersage

Hathersage is another popular destination for walkers and food connoisseurs. Where Bakewell has everything from chip shops and local delis, Hathersage has a high concentration of good quality dine ins and takeouts that will never disappoint – including an award-winning restaurant and cocktail bar. Property in Hathersage is always in demand and makes a great investment. It’s quite a big village compared to others so comes with extra amenities such as a swimming pool, pharmacy, petrol station, and railway. Though, there is a bit less of a community feel. And yet, it manages to embody the Peak District’s identity while being only 10-15 minutes away from Sheffield. Along the way you’ll find breathtaking scenes prime for walking.

Ashford-in-the-water

If you like a fairy tale vision of a well kept, picturesque village with glimmering streams, houses covered with ivy and flower decorations, and cricket matches down at the pavilion, this could be your dream spot. Situated next to Bakewell makes Ashford-in-the-water prime real estate and a great option if you want to take trips to Bakewell but have a communal village experience.