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About Two Dales

Two Dales, is on the Chesterfield Road travelling out of Darley Dale.

A hamlet; the name comes from the twin valleys of Hall Dale and Sydnope Dale, which run on either side of the village.

Once known as Toadhole until 1850, Two Dales was a thriving community on the main Chesterfield to Bakewell route, the main industry was established at the Ladybrook Mill by the Dakeyne family which first produced flax and then later lace and then animal feed. The mill was water powered by 3 reservoirs lying in the valley which now provides pleasant walks through quiet woods.

To the South of Darley Dale is the town of Matlock which is a former spa town situated at a sharp bend in the River Derwent. Matlock is now divided neatly into two: the main town radiates out from the river crossing opposite the railway station.

Matlock Bath is a unique settlement just south of Matlock nestled alongside the River Derwent in a steep and beautiful gorge. It was developed as a spa town in the nineteenth century with its spectacular scenery adding to the general appeal.

To the north of Darley Dale is Bakewell. Bakewell is the only market town within the Peak District National Park boundary and its attractive courtyards, independent shops, cafés and its location on the River Wye make it a hugely popular destination for tourists to the Peak District.