Derbyshire Dales

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Derbyshire Dales District
Skyline of Matlock, both the administrative centre of Derbyshire Dales and the official county town of Derbyshire
Skyline of Matlock, both the administrative centre of Derbyshire Dales and the official county town of Derbyshire
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)
 • Rank47th
 • Total71,540
 • RankRanked 290th
 • Density230/sq mi (90/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]
Bakewell, which is famous for being the home of the Bakewell Tart.
Ashbourne, known for being both the start of the Tissington Trail and St Oswald's Church

Derbyshire Dales (/ˈdɑːrbiʃɪər, -ʃər/ DAR-bee-sheer, -⁠shər) 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 on 1 January 1987.[3][4]

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. The leader of the council since 2019 has been Garry Purdy, a Conservative. After the 2019 election, the council was composed of the following councillors:[5]

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

The next election is due in 2023.



  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. ^ "Counties and Districts Changes 1 April 1985 to 31 March 1987" (PDF). Local Government Boundary Commission. Retrieved 22 August 2022.
  4. ^ "Derbyshire Dales: It's official for the New Year". Ashbourne News Telegraph. 25 December 1986. p. 1. Retrieved 22 August 2022.
  5. ^ "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