Alton, Staffordshire, ST10 4DB, (3 miles, 4kms), Tel: 0871 222 3330, www.altontowers.com
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Ashbourne is a fine old market town, with good shopping, especially for antiques. An ideal base for visiting the Peak District or Alton Towers. Described as 'The Gateway to Dovedale', Ashbourne has much more to offer.
Derbyshire, DE6 2AY, (4 miles, 6kms), Tel: 01335 343666, Email
Dovedale is a renowned beauty spot -although it is actually around 2-3 miles long! The River Dove flows through Milldale, Wolscote Dale and Beresford Dale. Famous for its stepping stones, Lionshead rock, caves and literary connections.
A charming little village just 1.5 miles south of Ashbourne. Standing in the shadow of the town, Clifton is delightfully situated above the meadows alongside the river. On Watery lane is the site of the old corn mill.
A charming village on the Bentley Brook bisected by the Ashbourne to Buxton road. Many people pass through Fenny Bentley, 2 miles north of Ashbourne, going elsewhere, but it is a rewarding little place to stop for a while.
Hartington Meadows is bursting with the colour of wildflowers through the summer. The grassland is managed as part of a working farm, and is cut for hay in mid-July - this encourages meadow flowers such as hay rattle and meadow vetchling.
Village Centre, Ilam, Nr Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 2AZ, (4 miles, 6kms), Tel: 01335 350429, Email
The village lies at the terminus of the narrow-gauge Leek & Manifold Valley Light Railway; the track now a walk/cycle route. The old station has been beautifully restored and is now a visitor centre with car park, toilets and tea shop.
A charming little brick built village in the peaceful waterside meadows of the Dove valley. Just a couple of miles from Ashbourne, Mapleton is a quiet little place hiding a quaint little church of unusual design.
Nr Cheadle, Staffordshire, ST10 2DQ, (4 miles, 6kms), Tel: 01538 754780
The pleasant countryside in which it stands and its proximity to Alton Towers makes this an ideal place to stay for people wishing to combine a visit to the theme park with walks in the beautiful countyside of the Staffordshire Moorlands.
An attractive little estate village near the Staffordshire - Derbyshire border at the river Dove. Snelston is built around the Gothic style Hall of which little remains apart from the former stable block and parkland.
Derbyshire, DE6 2DA, (1 miles, 2kms), Tel: 01335 343666
Stanton, is a small village, of stone built cottages and small farms on the Weaver Hills near Ashbourne, Derbyshire. Its most famous son being Gilbert Sheldon - born in 1598 who became Archbishop of Canterbury.
Ashbourne to Parsley Hay, (4 miles, 7kms), Tel: 01629 823204
The Tissington Trail runs for 13 miles from Ashbourne to Parsley Hay where it is joined by High Peak Junction. The High Peak and Tissington Trails