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Derbyshire (pronounced "dar-bee-sh" /ˈdɑːbɪʃə/) About this soundlisten  is a county in the East Midlands of England. A substantial portion of the Peak District National Park lies within Derbyshire. The northern part of Derbyshire overlaps with the Pennines, a famous chain of hills and mountains. The county contains part of the National Forest, and borders on Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Staffordshire and Cheshire.

Apart from 13 towns with between 10,000 and 100,000 inhabitants, there is a large amount of sparsely populated agricultural upland: 75% of the population live in 25% of the area. Although Derbyshire is in the East Midlands, some parts, such as High Peak, are closer to the northern cities of Manchester and Sheffield.

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Allestree is a suburb and ward of Derby, a unitary authority, in Derbyshire, England. It is the northern most ward and is situated on the A6, about two miles (3 km) north of Derby City Centre.

It was recorded in the Doomesday book as 'Adelardestreu', an outlier of the manor of Markeaton. It is bordered by the district of Amber Valley along its west and northern edges and Erewash in its north-east corner. To the south it borders the ward of Mackworth and to the east the ward of Darley Abbey.

The ward is largely residential and has two parks, Allestree park to the north and Markeaton park to the south. The ward contains parts of the village of Markeaton which at one time was a large estate containing Allestree village. The village became a parish in its own right in 1864 and was incorporated into the Borough of Derby in 1968.

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Toddbrook Reservoir was built in 1831 as a feeder for the Peak Forest Canal.[1] It is in the heart of Whaley Bridge in the High Peak, Derbyshire.

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  1. ^ Toddbrook Sailing Club accessed May 16, 2008