Alport is a small, quiet and attractive Peak District village, situated on the Haddon Estate. Named after the portway road which ran through the settlement the Saxon inhabitants of Alport added the prefix "al" meaning old. The stone houses with pretty gardens date back to the 17th and 18th centuries. The river Lathkill cascades down through the village in a series of weirs and meets the river Bradford coming from Youlgrave. There are no pubs, cafes or shops but from Alport you can walk the 5 miles north through Lathkil Dale to Monyash, one of the loveliest walks in the Peak District, or you can walk along the River Bradford to Youlgrave, again a very pleasant walk.
The village of Rowsley is split into parts. Great Rowsley, or Rowsley South, is situated on the A6 Matlock to Bakewell road and Little Rowsley on the side road to Chatsworth. The Peacock Hotel is in the centre of the main part of the village. The Parish Church of St Katherine is relatively new and dates from 1855. It contains the tomb chest of Lady Catherine Manners, the first wife of the 7th Duke of Rutland, who died in 1859. Caudwell's Mill is a grade II, listed, historic roller flour mill. A mill has stood on this site for over 400 years, powered by water from the river Wye. Peak Village is a factory outlet shopping centre situated at Rowsley. Aside from shops, it houses a coffee shop and restaurant.