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.
Nr Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 4HW, (3 miles, 5kms), Tel: 01629 583388
A tiny agricultural hamlet set in the remote White Peak uplands. Traces of a Roman road and the former route of the Cromford and High Peak Railway, now the High Peak Trail, run close to Aldwark.
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.
A tiny White Peak hamlet in an isolated location, somewhat overshadowed by its' limestone quarry. There are just a few farms and scattered cottages in the hamlet, which is all that remains of a larger medieval settlement.
A small village set high in the spectacular White Peak landscape. A very popular area with walkers. Just off the A515 midway between Ashbourne and Buxton, Biggin is typical of a White Peak village, running along a single street.
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, (4 miles, 6kms), 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.
High up on the limestone plateau, there are some stunning views from this small village. Elton developed around lead mining and agriculture and both are still in evidence. Mining may have gone, but the surrounding area is rich in remnants.
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.
Derbyshire Dales, SK17 0DY, (4 miles, 6kms), Tel: 0845 833 0970
Friden is a hamlet in the civil parish of Hartington Nether Quarter, Derbyshire, England. It is located 11 miles south-east of Buxton just off the Newhaven to Cromford Via Gellia road and lies within the Peak District National Park.
A small hamlet at a junction of roads set in the limestone country of the White Peak. 3 miles west of Cromford, most peoples pass through Grangemill on the way elsewhere on one of the five roads that all meet here.
A tiny, remote hamlet set in glorious dales scenery. Gratton is really a group of scattered farms and isolated cottages set in narrow lanes the between Elton and Youlgreave. Some of the buildings are surprisingly grand.
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.
A tiny, peaceful hamlet set in the remote limestone hills of the White Peak. In the hills above the Griffe Grange Valley, there is just a scattering of isolated cottages and farms in this remote spot well off the beaten track.
Village Centre, Ilam, Nr Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 2AZ, (4 miles, 7kms), 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.
A small hamlet at a junction of roads high up on the limestone plateau of the White Peak. An old coaching inn, which has sadly seen better days, stands on the Ashbourne to Buxton road surrounded by some beautiful countryside.
A neat limestone village situated remotely in the scenic hill country of the White Peak. Nestling with its' back against Parwich Hill, the village spreads comfortably around its' old pond and spacious green.
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