Alton, Staffordshire, ST10 4DB, (5 miles, 8kms), 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, (2 miles, 3kms), 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 picturesque hamlet set in the glorious countryside of the White Peak. Just off the A515 north of Ashbourne, a narrow lane winds down to this peaceful little backwater. There is a cluster of houses and a lovely old church.
Alstonefield is a small picturesque village in the Peak District National Park. It is located in Staffordshire, near to the border of Derbyshire, between the valleys of the rivers Dove and the Manifold.
The UK's largest collection of rare birds set in 32 acres of beautiful parkland and water features Penguin Enclosure with underwater viewing cave with raised walkways. Tropical House, Flamingo Enclosure and Lemur Ledge.
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.
Nr Leek, Staffordshire Moorlands, ST13 7TP, (3 miles, 5kms), Tel: 01538 304313
Grindon is a delightful moorland hill village strategically situated above the most interesting and exciting section of the Manifold Valley. There is a car park and picnic spot beside the church.
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, (1 miles, 2kms), 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, (5 miles, 8kms), 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.
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, (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