AboutA picturesque village on the river Wye north of Bakewell with the medieval Sheepwash Bridge as its focal point.
Three bridges cross the beautiful river Wye in this charming village full of character and in an idyllic waterside setting. A small walled enclosure near the old Sheepwash Bridge is still occasionally used for its original purpose. Ashford was once the centre for the production of
Black Marble, a highly polished limestone produced in local quarries and mines, examples of which can be seen in the small church of Holy Trinity. Famous for its' Well Dressings held in early June, Ashford also has some delightful old limestone cottages and well kept gardens.
Things to do; There are two hotels and a public house, plus a well-stocked village shop. Good footpaths radiate from Ashford in the Water to the magnificent scenery surrounding the village and there are good links with the nearby Monsal Trail. In summer, cricket is played in a picture book setting on the riverside ground.
- Dogs accepted
- Gift shop
- Public toilets
- Telephone (public)
- Children welcome
- Picnic site
- Parking with charge
- Disabled access
- Disabled toilets
Map & Directions
Ashford in the Water is one and a half miles north west of Bakewell on the A6.
Accessible by Public Transport: Matlock station is 10 miles away.