We’re back with another round of knowledge-busters for the young and not so young. Firstly, if you didn’t get chance, you could have a peep at last week’s quiz and check your answers below.

This week’s selection takes us through the colourful and quirky settlements of Derbyshire and the Peak District:

10 Questions for Grownups

1) In which High Peak village can you be optimistic?

2) Which famous American’s grave is situated in Edensor?

3) Which village is said to have featured in the novels of Charlotte Bronte?

4) As the highest in England, how many feet above sea level is the village of Flash?

5) Where would you find the smallest hall in the country?

6) What are the origins of the unusual name given to Sparrowpit village?

7) The tradition of Well Dressing is said to have originated in which village near Dovedale?

Dovedale, Rev Thomas Gisborne 1758-1846
Dovedale by Reverend Thomas Gisbourne 19th century oil copyright

8) Which town has been dubbed The Capital of the Peak?

9) Edale is known to walkers as the first (or last) stop of which walking route?

10) The Hope-Valley line is a railway that links Manchester and Sheffield. Can you name the 7 Derbyshire towns or villages in which the train stops?

10 Questions for Children

1) Which village experienced an outbreak of the bubonic plague in 1665?

2) Who was the British monarch that visited Matlock Bath in 1831?

3) Which village is famous for its jam and almond confectionery?

blue john

4) Blue John is sourced from caverns in which village?

5) What is the Swizzels factory in New Mills famous for producing?

6) In which village will you find the world’s first water-powered cotton mill?


7) Which Derbyshire village is famous for its ice cream?

8) In which village is Little John buried?

9) Riber Castle overlooks which Derbyshire town?

10) What medieval game is played in Ashbourne every Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday?


Answers to Round 2

10 Questions for Grownups

1) At what local beauty spot can you stand on the border of Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire all at the same time?

A: Three Shires Head.

2) In what former Derbyshire museum at the foot of Peveril Castle would a magnifying glass have been very been useful?

A: Randolph Douglas’ House of Wonders (now cared for by Buxton Museum).

3) Which part of Derbyshire did UNESCO declare a World Heritage Site in 2001?

A: Derwent Valley mills, the cradle of the Industrial Revolution.

4) Why was there a “mass trespass” on Kinder Scout, the highest peak of the Peak District in 1932?

A: To give ramblers the right to roam or access private land.

5) The Monsal Trail is a fantastic walking/cycling trail from Blackwell Mill near Buxton to Bakewell (or vice versa). But what was its original purpose?

A: A railway line.

6) What is the most common theory to explain the abundance of aircraft crashes in the Peak District?

A: The peaks and dips of the landscape and bad weather confused the aircraft’s instruments, although this is just a theory. No one is really sure why there have been so many aviation accidents in this part of the world.

7) Where did the Dambusters practice dropping the bouncing bomb in 1943 in preparation for an attack on Germany in World War 2?

A: Ladybower reservoir.

8) Where will you find a loaf of bread and a piece of cheese made from gritstone?

A: Ramshaw Rocks on the A53 between Buxton and Leek.

9) Which two stately homes can be found near Bakewell?

A: Haddon Hall and Chatsworth House.

10) What is the ornithological name of the 19th century lead mine near the village of Sheldon?

A: Magpie Mine.

10 Questions for Children

1) Which national park was the first to be created in the UK?

A: The Peak District!

2) The Northern part of the Peak District is sometimes called The Dark Peak and the southern part The White Peak. Why?

A: The Dark Peak is generally made from dark gritstone and The White Peak from lighter limestone.

3) Why are there no dinosaur fossils in Derbyshire?

A: The land mass that would form Derbyshire was under the sea during the ages of the dinosaurs.

4) What does the man (or witch) of Ramshaw Rocks do as you drive past him?

A: He (or she) winks.

5) What type of foreign animal famously lived on the Staffordshire moorlands for a short time after being released from a private zoo in the 1930s?

A: A colony of wallabies.

6) Why don’t you need to cross a bridge to cross the river at Dovedale?

A: There are stepping stones.

7) What are the Nine Ladies on Stanton Moor?

A: A circle of standing stones.

8) What kind of old-fashioned transport can you expect to see in Crich?

A: Trams at the Crich Tramway Museum.

9) What kind of unusual transport takes you to The Heights of Abraham in Matlock Bath?

A: A cable car.

10) Some of you may have been to this famous theme park in Matlock Bath before. What’s it called?

A: Gulliver’s Kingdom.