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.
Alport Lane, Ashley Hay, Belper, DE56 2DQ, (4 miles, 6kms), Tel: 01909 486411
Alport Heights is a hill near Wirksworth in Derbyshire. It is a popular picnic site, since it has extensive views to the South, and is the first hill over 1,000 ft within easy reach of Derby, it is in the care of the National Trust.
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.
Carsington, Ashbourne, DE6 1ST, (3 miles, 5kms), Tel: 01629 540696, www.moretoexperience.co.uk
Carsington Water has everything you need for a great day out - and best of all most facilities are free! On site shops cater for everybody, these include our new outdoor clothes shop 'Water Rail'. The Gallery Cafe & Main Sail Restaurant.
We operate tourist passenger services between Wirksworth and Idridgehay (3½ miles) and Ravenstor (½ mile up a 1 in 27 incline) using Diesel Multiple Units and sone Steam services
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
Derbyshire, DE56 2DW, (2 miles, 3kms), Tel: 01773 841485
Idridgehay is a small Derbyshire village located near the historic town of Belper.
Cromford Canal, Cromford, Derbyshire, DE4 5HN, (5 miles, 8kms), Tel: 01629 823204, www.middleton-leawood.org.uk
Built in 1849 to pump water from the River Derwent to Cromford Canal, Leawood Pump is capable of lifting approximately five tons of water each minute, up to a height of 30 feet.
Derbyshire, (3 miles, 5kms), Tel: 01773 841485, Email
The rather strange name comes from the Old English and is thought to mean 'the farm of Mugga or Mogga', an unknown Saxon who farmed here before the Normans came. Farming is still predominant in the area. The village has a Norman church.
Ashbourne to Parsley Hay, (5 miles, 8kms), 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
Wirksworth Heritage Centre takes you from the Romans in Wirksworth to the present day. Child friendly. Please ring before your vist. Town guided walks for groups by appointment.