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At Rowsley near to Bakewell, Paxton built an impressive Italianate Railway Station along with four stone cottages to house railway workers. The Station Hotel, now renamed the Grouse and Claret, was built nearby and everything was ready to extend the line through the valley. Unfortunately, there was a problem. The Duke of Devonshire was adamant that he would not allow the line across Chatsworth Park. If that was not bad enough, the Duke of Rutland also refused an alternative plan for the railway to run across his estate at Haddon. All the railway company could do at the time was to run trains between Rowsley and Ambergate.

The problem was solved when the Duke of Rutland agreed to the plans of the Midland Railway to build a track out of sight, in a cutting behind Haddon Hall. A new station was built a quarter of a mile south and instead of the line running up the Derwent Valley, it ran along the Wye Valley. Paxtonís splendid station was left isolated in the wrong valley. It was not until 1867 that the line finally reached Manchester.

In 1967, when Dr Beeching closed the line, the extensive marshalling yard and locomotive shed were no longer required and Rowsley lost a major employer. For a few years, the yard was used by an engineering business. Transformation then took place into the Peak Districtís first and only Factory Outlet Shopping Centre.

Surrounded by attractive countryside Peak Village attracts a wide range of visitors, including coach trips and organised parties. Full ranges of children's, ladies and mens fashions; plus shoes, luggage, fashion accessories, home textiles, homewares, toys, cards, sweets, gifts, sportswear, books, and many more are available on site.

There are more than 26 retail outlets (as at winter 2008) to visit and events for all the family to enjoy take during the year.  For those who want to keep fit and look after their appearances the  Woodlands Fitness and Beauty Centre is the place to go. The Toys of Yesteryear Museum features many rare and unique exhibits to interest the whole family - where you can re-visit your childhood and have your picture taken with a life size model of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

The Centre is open all year and only closes on Christmas Day.

Monday - Saturday 9.30 am - 5.30pm
Sunday 10.00 am - 5.00pm
Bank holidays 10.00 am - 5.00pm
Open every day except Christmas Day.

Free parking for over 400 cars and 15 coaches makes it a must for your day visit or part of a weeks visit to the largest National Park in the UK.



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Peak Village Shopping Centre (Tel: 01629 735326) situated in a beautiful location at Chatsworth Road, Rowsley, Derbyshire DE4 2JE is open all year and only closes on Christmas Day.  Monday - Saturday 9.30 am - 5.30pm; Sunday 10.00 am - 5.00pm. Bank holidays 10.00 am - 5.00pm.

Free parking for over 400 cars and 15 coaches.


The village of Rowsley stands at the confluence of the Rivers Wye and Derwent, with wooded hills on either side.

It was the beauty of its setting in the 19th century which attracted artists, poets and anglers. Though the wonderful scenery remains unspoilt, the Peak Village Shopping Complex also draws visitors in the 21st century to the village.

Rowsley Feature


A contrasting walk through beautiful limestone country with superb views, crossing the isolated gritstone plateau of Stanton Moor, covered with its Bronze Age relics.

The most famous of the Bronze Age relics on the moor are The Nine Ladies Stone Circle. Legend has it that the nine ladies danced here on the Sabbath Day and were turned to stone as a punishment, along with the fiddler who stands nearby. Last century, the Heathcote family excavated in excess of 70 burial mounds on the moor.

Rowsley Walk




Provides a wide range of features  with heritage trails and detailed countryside walks, through some of the most scenically attractive countryside in the UK.


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