Elton sits high up on the limestone plateau where there are some stunning views across to Robin Hood Stride or Mockbeggars Hall.
Elton developed around lead mining and agriculture and both are still in evidence. Mining may have gone, but the surrounding area is rich in remnants of the industry, whilst agriculture is still very active. The village spreads along a single street that roughly marks the spring line and an underlying junction of rock types; north of the village are limestone outcrops, just to the south are old gritstone quarries and rocky tors. There are some fine stone cottages and the 17th century Derbyshire pink gritstone Elton Old Hall, and the church of All Saints. The village is slightly quirky; up to a few years ago it had its’ own fire brigade that had to be disbanded when the volunteers became too old.
Elton is on a hillside overlooking a rock formation known as Robin Hood’s Stride. It lies on the division between gritstone and limestone countryside and there are examples of buildings and walls constructed with both types of stone in the village. The nearest towns are Bakewell and Matlock.
At 271 metres (889 ft) above sea level, Elton is less sheltered from the wind than settlements at lower elevation, and it therefore has a reputation for being cold. The highest point on Elton Moor, known as Blake Low, is 330 metres (1,080 ft) above sea level; at this location is Elton Common trig point (TP3057). There is an interpretation board here that explains how the landscape has changed from the past mining activities and points out the effects on a scarred adjacent field. It shows notable points of the Peak District that can be seen from this viewpoint, including Kinder Scout and Mam Tor, some distance away. It states how this is one of the best viewpoints of the Peak District
The Limestone Way, a long-distance ancient trade route which lies just to the east of the village, and the many footpaths leading to and from Elton make it a popular place for hikers. Elton also attracts a large number of cyclists, particularly at the weekends, with events regularly routed through the village.
The village has the 19th-century Duke of York is a Grade II listed public house. The unchanged interior from the 1940s makes the “Duke”, as it known locally, a tourist attraction in its own right. It is on the Campaign for Real Ale’s National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors. But note the pub does have very restricted opening hours and does not serve food. There is also 2 pubs in Winster.
Hulleys of Baslow provide a bus service (route 172), linking Elton and the surrounding villages to the towns of Bakewell and Matlock. There are no shops in the village – the nearest is in Winster, 1.2 miles away.