The landscape in and arround the Derbyshire Dales is predominantly as you would expect for the Peak District. Much of it is small villages and dry stone walls, winding lanes and roads, and more than a handful of sheep. However, there are also small and large towns and villages, renowned for their picturesque appeal and traditional practices such as well dressings.
Technically, the Dales aren’t really a physical place at all, but are a government district encompassing several areas. However, it does consist of many areas that are naturally outstanding or places of interest for those seeking quieter or more rural locations. Much of the southern peak district falls within the Derbyshire Dales, so the association between the two has always been closely linked. In that respect, many of the towns of the Southern Peaks are also part of the Derbyshire Dales, such as Ashbourne, Bakewell, Matlock, and Wirksworth, among others.