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 remote hill village in quiet limestone countryside, overlooking Havenhill Dale with Haven Hill to the south. The tiny cluster of limestone buildings here are grouped by the Elizabethan Bradbourne Hall and the noble church of All Saints.
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.
Close by the dam wall of Carsington Reservoir, Hognaston is a peaceful little village with some pretty cottages. Hognaston is an ancient settlement, with a pleasant south facing location off the Ashbourne to Wirksworth road.
Hulland Ward forms the centre of a number of small hamlets such as Hulland Village, Hulland Moss and Biggin by Hulland. It grew as a residential village from smaller agricultural settlements in the 2nd part of the 20th century
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.
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, (3 miles, 5kms), 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.
Tissington is a beautiful, unspoilt village lying 3.5 miles north of Ashbourne. The fine Jacobean Manor, has been the home of the Fitz Herbert family for over 500 years. The Hall has a 10 acre garden and arboretum.
Home of the FitzHerbert family for over 500 years. The Hall stands in a superbly maintained Estate village and contains wonderful panelling and fine old masters. Also visit the 10 acre garden and arboretum. Schools very welcome.
Ashbourne to Parsley Hay, (0.3 miles, 0.5kms), 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