One of the prettiest villages in Derbyshire, Ashover has a fascinating 15th century church, many historic buildings and stunning surrounding countryside.
Ashover lies in the valley of the River Amber, about half way between Chesterfield to the North and Matlock to the South. It has a long history dating back to the Saxons who called the village 'Essovre' - beyond the ash trees. The Domesday Book credited it with a church, a priest, several ploughs and a mill, with a taxable value of 30 shillings.
Amazingly, this tiny Derbyshire village played a very important role in the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. Traditionally bowmen from Ashover, Men of Asher as they were known, fought with Henry V at the famous battle. One of the local pubs, The Crispin, also has direct links to the momentous event in English history.
The village was important to the lead mining and quarrying industries and was also home to the stocking frame knitting industry, but little of that remains. Today, Ashover is valued for the beautiful countryside that surrounds it and better known for the Ashover Show in August and the Ashover Festival in September.
- Disabled access
- On-site catering
- On-site light refreshments
- Children welcome
- Free Parking
- Dogs Accepted
- Gift shop
- Telephone (public)
- Coach parties accepted
Map & Directions
From North/SouthLeave M1 motorway at junction 29 and take A617 to Chesterfield (approx 4 miles). At roundabout (traffic light controlled) select left lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout select left lane and take 1st exit (continuous lane). At traffic lights select middle lane and go straight on. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Matalan) select left lane and take 2nd exit (A619). Follow road for approx 1½ miles and, at Morrison's roundabout select left lane and take 1st exit (Walton Road). At mini roundabout go straight on and follow road to top of hill. At traffic lights, select right lane and turn right (A632, Matlock Road). Follow road for approx 5 miles, entering Kelstedge. Take left turn before Kestedge Inn, (B6036, signposted Ashover). Follow road for approx 1 mile to centre of village.From EastFollow A617 to Chesterfield, then follow route from North/South.From WestFollow A619 to Chesterfield and, at Morrison's roundabout, take 3rd exit (Walton Road). Then follow route from North/South.Accessible by Public Transport: Chesterfield station is 8 miles away.