Derbyshire: 10 Fun facts – How many do you know?

When our guests arrive, they often ask us about our fabulous county of Derbyshire so we thought we’d find some fun facts to share with you. How many of these do you already know?

  1. Derbyshire covers an area of 255,071 hectares (630,366 acres) – which means it makes up around nearly two per cent of England!
  2. The Peak District National Park is a… 555 square mile area (1,438 square kms) of outstanding natural beauty. It was the first national park in the United Kingdom to receive recognition in 1951.
  3. More than 763,000 people live in Derbyshire with around 40,000 people living in the Peak District National Park.
  4. The Peak District National Park accounts for more than a third of Derbyshire’s total land area and stretches beyond Derbyshire into Cheshire, Staffordshire, Yorkshire and Greater Manchester.
  5. If you’re a cyclist, you won’t have to look far to find some super cycle routes. The Peak District is packed full of them and even Derby, Derbyshire’s main city, has more than 100kms of on and off road cycle routes – imagine how many cycle routes we’ve got in the whole county!
  6. More than 8.4 million people live within 30 kms of Derbyshire’s county lines and more than 80% of the UK’s population live within a four hour drive of the Peak District – so what’s stopping you paying us a visit?
  7. As a country Derbyshire is great at green! We currently compost and recycle 43.3 per cent of the county’s rubbish that’s up from 18 per cent in 2003/2004.
  8. The Peak District National Park receives more than 10 million visitors each year – but luckily our visitors don’t come all at once!
  9. Derbyshire is home to the renowned JB Kind which has been a timber specialist for more than 140 years and has been selling some of the UK’s most innovative wooden doors for more than 30 years! In fact JB Kind’s doors have just been featured in the Channel 4 Fisherman’s Church episode of Restoration Man!
  10. We’re wizards with water in Derbyshire. From the ‘cracking’ Castleton Water and Cromford Canal to the Erewash Canal and the Trent and Mersey Canal – our water’s wonderful in Derbyshire so why not explore our county by narrowboat, windsurfing or canoe?