Ashbourne, Derbyshire, England


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Ashbourne is situated in the middle of England {short description of image}- the Midlands, in the county of Derbyshire, at the southerly end of the Pennine chain - the mountainous backbone of England.

Derbyshire is popular with tourists and locals alike for its great beauty - from the ruggedness of the Peak District in the north to the more gentle hills in the south of the county.

Want to see a zoomable map of Ashbourne then click here!

Ashbourne itself is a charming, picturesque - predominantly Georgian - market town nestling in the gently sloping Henmore valley.

Market days are Thursday and Saturday.

Wednesday - most shops are open, a few do close.

Sunday - again, many shops remain open.

Click here to see 24 hrs film of the Market Place on YouTube

It is surrounded by a wide rural area, beautiful scenery and picturesque villages. The nearest city is Derby, 15 miles to the south-east, but a number of small and not so small towns are well within 30 - 40 minutes drive, such as Matlock, Buxton, Leek and Bakewell. A little further afield are the cities of Nottingham, Sheffield, Manchester and Birmingham.

    
Aerial photos of Ashbourne - copyright G.Hobster

Points of interest are the old Kennings Garage in Dig St on the bottom right of picture 2 where Lloyds the Chemist is now, and of course QEGS in the top right of picture 2.

(For some more fantastic aerial photographs of Ashbourne (and the surrounding area) visit Graham Hobster's home page.)


All roads may lead to Rome, but in this part of Derbyshire they all seem to lead to Ashbourne {short description of image}. In fact in bygone days it was at the meeting point of six main coaching routes, including the London to Manchester route. This helped to raise its prominence in the past as a local commercial centre (and also probably accounting for the large number of pubs in such a small town!). Indeed, those days may be gone, but Ashbourne is still the main commercial center for the large number of surrounding villages. It's bus station, four banks, numerous shops and twice weekly general market (Thursdays/Saturdays) attest to this. It is unfortunate that the weekly cattle market is no more, following the completion of the new cattle market at Buxton.

Ashbourne is also a popular stopping off and staging point for the many tourists who come to the region, and as such caters for this - indeed, tourism is extremely important not only to Ashbourne but to the county. It has many small tea rooms, restaurants and gift shops as well as specialist outdoor clothing and climbing equipment shops. Many of the visitors come to walk or cycle in the surrounding hills and mountains, (cycles can be hired locally). Maps and guide books can readily be found in many of the local newsagents and bookshops as well as the local  Tourist Information Centre - (tel 01335-343666)


The town itself has many historic buildings and interesting yards and alleys to explore, one of the oldest buildings being the predominately 12th/13th Century church of St Oswalds, whose magnificent steeple overshadows the town. Have a look at our "Sites" page for some of the historical buildings in the town.

Ashbourne also has its own Town Crier.


Click here to read the October 2007 "Ashbourne Economic Assessment Report".


Photos of Ashbourne

Here are some photographs I've taken around town. If there are any particular local photos you would like added just email me - have camera will travel!. Or if you have any photos you would like including, me, Alan Fagg - I can scan them and add them to the site.

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St Oswalds Hospital
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St Oswalds School
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Market Place
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These also show the new Millennium Clock erected in St John St, opposite the Gingerbread Shop.

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These show Ashbourne Hall, or what's left of it and 4 shots of the Thursday market.

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Panorama of Market day

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Ashbourne Page - Derbyshire UK Website
Walks In The Peak District - Good site for walkers!
The Official Derby Photo Website - ***** Great! Lots of photos of Derbyshire places.
Derbyshire Dales District Council - website
Derbyshire County Council - Website
Derbyshire On The Internet - Derby Evening Telegraph site
Ashbourne News Telegraph Website - Local Ashbourne paper
Peak District Information - Chevinside Publications tourist site
Ashbourne News Telegraph - Local paper website


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