Revealed: the most popular postcodes in Derbyshire

PUBLISHED: 11:34 06 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:42 06 March 2017

By the River Wye, Bakewell by Ian Moorcroft

By the River Wye, Bakewell by Ian Moorcroft


Royal Mail analysed over a million UK redirection applications from the last 12 months to reveal the nation’s home moving habits. We look at some of the movers and shakers in Derbyshire.

Buxton lights by Kevin DaviesBuxton lights by Kevin Davies



The amount of people relocating to Buxton (244) outnumbered the amount of people who left the area (193). The relatively small numbers compared to the large area the postcode covers alludes to the fact that Buxton is not as densely populated as the other parts of the region.

The average distance travelled to relocation to Buxton is 61.84 miles, which suggests that the majority of people are moving there from a number of the surrounding counties.

Village in the Hills, Hathersage by Simon BullVillage in the Hills, Hathersage by Simon Bull

Hope Valley

S32, S33

Only 185 people relocated to the S32 and S33 postcodes combined in 2016. It’s not due to the lack of demand for moving to Peak District locations such as Edale, Eyam, Castleton and Hathersage, these places remain popular, but housing within the Peak District remains scarce.

The average relocation distance is between 45-58 miles which suggests people are moving there from South Yorkshire and other parts of Derbyshire.

Pretty Bakewell by Simon BullPretty Bakewell by Simon Bull



There were almost double the amount of households moving into the Bakewell area than those that move out. (163 to 89). The relatively small numbers involved indicate a shortage of housing in the area,

The very small number of leavers indicates that once people do move to Bakewell, they don’t want to leave. With places like Bakewell, Chatsworth, Ashford-in-the-Water, Baslow and Monyash in this jurisdiction it’s not difficult to determine why.

The famous crooked spire of Chesterfield by Ian MoorcroftThe famous crooked spire of Chesterfield by Ian Moorcroft



The central ward of Chesterfield comes under the S40 postcode, although there are five other wards that cover the town numbered from S41 to S45. The central theme amongst all these districts is a high turnover of movers that almost match the amount of leavers.

The fact the relocation distance is very low compared to others (less than 30 miles in some cases) suggests that the population do move around quite frequently but tend to stay within the area.

The River Gardens, Belper by Clive SlackThe River Gardens, Belper by Clive Slack



The city of Derby and the surrounding area is served by over 20 postcodes and the standout postcode from this group is the DE56 postcode. The DE56 postcode covers the Amber Valley, which comprises villages such as Belper, Duffield and Holbrook. All of these are under 10 miles from the city centre and are becoming highly-sought after, considering the easy commute into Derby as well as fast access to the Peak District.

The DE56 postcode saw 444 relocations to the area last year, almost 100 more than its larger neighbour of DE4 which had 356 incoming relocations and covers areas such as Matlock, and the Derbyshire Dales.

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