Derbyshire Dales

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Derbyshire Dales District
Shown within Derbyshire
Shown within Derbyshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionEast Midlands
Administrative countyDerbyshire
Admin. HQMatlock
 • TypeDerbyshire Dales District Council
 • Leadership:Alternative - Sec.31
 • Executive:Conservative
 • MP:Sarah Dines
 • Total305.9 sq mi (792.4 km2)
Area rank47th
 (mid-2019 est.)
 • Total72,325
 • RankRanked 294th
 • Density240/sq mi (91/km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code17UF (ONS)
E07000035 (GSS)
Ethnicity97.8% White
0.8% .Asian[1]

Derbyshire Dales (/ˈdɑːrbiʃər, -ʃɪər/) is a local government district in Derbyshire, England. The population at the 2011 Census was 71,116.[2] Much of it is in the Peak District, although most of its population lies along the River Derwent.

The borough borders the districts of High Peak, Amber Valley, North East Derbyshire and South Derbyshire in Derbyshire, Staffordshire Moorlands and East Staffordshire in Staffordshire and Sheffield in South Yorkshire. The district also lies within the Sheffield City Region, and the district council is a non-constituent partner member of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority. A significant amount of the working population is employed in Sheffield and Chesterfield.

The district offices are at Matlock Town Hall in Matlock. It was formed on 1 April 1974, originally under the name of West Derbyshire. The district adopted its current name in 1988.

The district was a merger of Ashbourne, Bakewell, Matlock and Wirksworth urban districts along with Ashbourne Rural District and Bakewell Rural District. Following their review of parliamentary representation in Derbyshire, the Boundary Commission for England formed a new constituency called Derbyshire Dales.


Derbyshire Dales District Council is elected every four years, with currently 39 councillors being elected at each election. The Conservative party has had a majority on the council since 1976, apart from a four-year period between the 1995 and 1999 elections, when no party had a majority. After the most recent election in May 2019, the council was composed of the following councillors:[3]

Party Councillors
Conservative Party 20
Liberal Democrats 8
Labour Party 6
Independent 3
Green 2



  1. ^ "Resident Population Estimates by Ethnic Group (Percentages) Area: Derbyshire Dales (Local Authority)". Neighbourhood Statistics. National Office for Statistics. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Local Authority population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  3. ^ "District Council Elections 2019". BBC News. Retrieved 4 May 2019.

Coordinates: 53°03′N 1°42′W / 53.05°N 1.70°W / 53.05; -1.70