High Peak, Derbyshire

High Peak is a local government district with borough status in Derbyshire, England. The borough compromises high moorland plateau in the Dark Peak area of the Peak District National Park. The district stretches from Holme Moss in the north to Sterndale Moor in the south, and from Hague Bar in the west to Bamford in the east. The population of the borough taken at the 2011 Census was 90,892.[3] The borough is unusual in having two administrative centres for its council, High Peak Borough Council; the offices are based in both Buxton and Glossop.[4][5][6] The borough also contains other towns including Chapel-en-le-Frith, Hadfield, New Mills and Whaley Bridge.

Borough of High Peak
Buxton, one of the two administrative centres of High Peak (with Glossop) and the second largest settlement in the borough
Shown within Derbyshire and England
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionEast Midlands
Ceremonial countyDerbyshire
Admin. HQBuxton and Glossop[1]
  TypeNon-metropolitan district; Borough
  BodyHigh Peak Borough Council
  Leadership:Cllr Anthony McKeown (L)
  MPs:Robert Largan (C)
  MayorCllr Ollie Cross (L)[2]
  Total208.1 sq mi (539.1 km2)
  RankRanked 267th
  Density440/sq mi (170/km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
  Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code17UH (ONS)
E07000037 (GSS)
Ethnicity97.0% White
Glossop, the second administrative centre of High Peak and the largest settlement in the borough

High Peak was the name of a hundred of the ancient county of Derbyshire covering roughly the same area as the current district. It may have derived its name from the ancient Forest of High Peak, a royal hunting reserve administered by William Peverel, a favourite of William I, who was based at Peak Castle. High Peak contains much of the Peak District National Park. The district contains the highest point in Derbyshire, Kinder Scout, which stands at 636m (2,087 ft) above sea level. Its settlements act as commuter centres for people who work in the surrounding counties and other parts of Derbyshire itself; this is because of its central proximity to Cheshire, Greater Manchester, South Yorkshire, Staffordshire and West Yorkshire.


The borough was formed on 1 April 1974, covering the area of six former districts, which were abolished:[7][8]

  • Buxton Municipal Borough
  • Chapel-en-le-Frith Rural District,
  • Glossop Municipal Borough
  • New Mills Urban District
  • Tintwistle Rural District (which had been in the administrative county of Cheshire)
  • Whaley Bridge Urban District

Neighbouring districts

The borough adjoins the metropolitan boroughs of Sheffield and Barnsley in South Yorkshire, Kirklees in West Yorkshire, the districts of Derbyshire Dales, Cheshire East and Staffordshire Moorlands and the Stockport, Tameside and Oldham metropolitan boroughs in Greater Manchester. The Metropolitan Borough of Oldham is only bordered by high moorland near Black Hill and is not accessible by road.

Main settlements

There are five main areas of settlement in the borough: around Buxton in the south west, around New Mills in the west, around Glossop in the north west, around Whaley Bridge and Chapel-en-le-Frith in the central part of the borough, and the Hope Valley in the east. The northern part of the borough is close to the Manchester urban area. Some of the northern parts of High Peak were considered for inclusion in Greater Manchester. These areas have closer links to Stockport and Manchester than to settlements nearer Derby. Similarly, the villages of the Hope Valley are more closely linked to Sheffield and it has been considered whether these communities should be incorporated into that city.

Settlements in the borough include:

Wards within the Borough of High Peak

National Trust

The National Trust is a major landowner in the district, owning extensive tracts of moorland and a number of farms, including some in Edale. Features of the Trust's High Peak Estate include Kinder Scout, Odin Mine and Mam Tor.

Freedom of the Borough

The following people and military units have received the Freedom of the Borough of High Peak.


  • John Pritchard: 15 November 2022.[9]

Military Units

  • The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment: 1974.
  • The Mercian Regiment: 18 December 2007.[10]
  • The Royal British Legion (6 Local Branches): 7 November 2018.[11][12]

See also

  • High Peak Borough Council elections


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  2. "Mayor of High Peak". High Peak Borough Council. 2022. Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  3. "Borough Council population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  4. "Contact Us". High Peak Borough Council. High Peak Borough Council. Retrieved 12 June 2022.
  5. "Robert Largan MP's Grit Bin Petition". Robert Largan MP. Retrieved 12 June 2022.
  6. "High Peak Borough Council". landlordlaw.co.uk. Retrieved 12 June 2022.
  7. "The English Non-metropolitan District (Definition) Order 1972", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, SI 1972/2039, retrieved 22 August 2022
  8. "The English Non-metropolitan District (Names) Order 1973", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, SI 1973/551, retrieved 22 August 2022
  9. Downes, Emma (15 November 2022). "Longest-serving High Peak borough councillor given Freedom of Borough". The Glossop Chronicle. Retrieved 8 December 2022.
  10. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. "Freedom of Borough honour for High Peak British Legion – High Peak Borough Council". Government of the United Kingdom.
  12. "High Peak British Legion branches granted Freedom of the Borough". buxtonadvertiser.co.uk.

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