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Ashford in the Water

Ashford in the Water

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A picturesque village on the river Wye north of Bakewell with the medieval Sheepwash Bridge as its focal point.

Three bridges cross the beautiful river Wye in this charming village full of character and in an idyllic waterside setting. A small walled enclosure near the old Sheepwash Bridge is still occasionally used for its original purpose. Ashford was once the centre for the production of
Black Marble, a highly polished limestone produced in local quarries and mines, examples of which can be seen in the small church of Holy Trinity. Famous for its' Well Dressings held in early June, Ashford also has some delightful old limestone cottages and well kept gardens.

Things to do; There are two hotels and a public house, plus a well-stocked village shop. Good footpaths radiate from Ashford in the Water to the magnificent scenery surrounding the village and there are good links with the nearby Monsal Trail. In summer, cricket is played in a picture book setting on the riverside ground.

Disabled accessDisabled toiletsGift shopPicnic sitePostboxPublic toiletsTelephone (public)

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs accepted



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Map reference: SK 192697  Lat: 53.22399 Long: -1.71386

Ashford in the Water is one and a half miles north west of Bakewell on the A6.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 10 miles from Matlock station


  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted