One of the prettiest villages in Derbyshire, with a 15th Century church, Ashover won the Calor Village of the Year competition in 2005. The village is home to a couple of ghosts, including the Laughing Cavalier who haunts the Black Swan. It's said that arrows for the Battle of Agincourt were made here!
Ashover lies in the valley of the River Amber about half way between Chesterfield to the North and Matlock to the South. It has a long history dating back to the Saxons who called the village 'Essovre' - beyond the ash trees. The Domesday Book credited it with a church, a priest, several ploughs and a mill, with a taxable value of 30 shillings.
The village was important to the lead mining and quarrying industries and was also home to the stocking frame knitting industry, but little of that remains. Today, Ashover is valued for the beautiful countryside that surrounds it and better known for the Ashover Show in August and the Ashover Festival in September.
You can now follow the Ashover Audio Trail, produced by North East Derbyshire District Council, around the village. From memories of baboons in the former Ashover Zoo, to hauntings of some of the local pubs, the trail is brought to life with interviews from people who live in Ashover, whose stories stretch back to the early 20th Century.
The podcast can be quickly downloaded onto an MP3 player, iPod or mobile phone just click the website link below to go straight to it.
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Leave M1 motorway at junction 29 and take A617 to Chesterfield (approx 4 miles). At roundabout (traffic light controlled) select left lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout select left lane and take 1st exit (continuous lane). At traffic lights select middle lane and go straight on. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Matalan) select left lane and take 2nd exit (A619). Follow road for approx 1½ miles and, at Morrison's roundabout select left lane and take 1st exit (Walton Road). At mini roundabout go straight on and follow road to top of hill. At traffic lights, select right lane and turn right (A632, Matlock Road). Follow road for approx 5 miles, entering Kelstedge. Take left turn before Kestedge Inn, (B6036, signposted Ashover). Follow road for approx 1 mile to centre of village.
Follow A617 to Chesterfield, then follow route from North/South.
Follow A619 to Chesterfield and, at Morrison's roundabout, take 3rd exit (Walton Road). Then follow route from North/South.
: 8 miles from Chesterfield station