Local Area Information

Fritchley Village, Derbyshire

Fritchley is a small unspoilt village in Derbyshire, located south of Crich and north of Ambergate.

Whilst easily accessible by all major routes and with towns and cities within easy reach, once you arrive in Fritchley you could be miles from anywhere.

Fiercely protected by conservation, the village is quiet and unspoilt and has a rich history dating back centuries.

In 1793, Fritchley Tunnel, the world's oldest surviving railway tunnel, was constructed by Benjamin Outram. This formed part of the Butterley Gangroad, the Butterley Company's plateway to carry limestone from Hilt's Quarry at Crich to kilns on the Cromford Canal at Bullbridge. The tunnel was scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act in February 2015.

Fritchley was used as one of the filming locations for the hit UK TV series, Peak Practice, which ran from 1993 to 2002.

Things to do

There is an abundance of things to do and places to visit in Derbyshire, however if walking is your passion, there are many walks you can do from the cottage door.

We have created a book of local walks with instructions and there are maps in the cottage if you want to venture further afield. You can be in the most rural part of the Peak District within 15 minutes.

A short drive away from the village are the popular destinations of Cromford Mills & Canal (10 mins), Matlock (15 mins) and Chatsworth (25 mins).

Crich Tramway Village is within walking distance.

There are leaflets and magazines in the cottage detailing many other places to walk, visit and shop.

There is a pub in the village serving drinks and many other pubs serving good food a short walk or drive away.

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  • Dog-Friendly
  • Stunning Views
  • Peaceful & Relaxing Location
  • Perfect For Walkers & Cyclists
  • Free Street Parking
  • Free Wi-Fi