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Day Trip to Ashbourne

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Published December 2nd 2012
A walking holiday in the Gateway to the Peaks
The small Derbyshire village of Ashbourne has earned a reputation as one of the most beautiful areas in the southern Peak District. Located in a postcard perfect setting, the village is surrounded by rolling green fields, jagged limestone outcroppings, picturesque ponds, and grazing horses enclosed by ancient stone walls. The rural scene is the quintessential image of English country life.

Ashbourne village. Photo by Erin Connelly.

Grazing horses in winter jackets. Photo by Erin Connelly.

The village is dominated by the towering St Oswald's church and a street pattern still organised according to medieval sensibilities. The centuries mix together quite easily in this relaxed place from the gothic church and cobbled medieval roads to the Georgian houses and modern Sainsbury's.

St Oswald's Church. Photo by Erin Connelly.

The lovely scenery and historic villages of the peak district are best enjoyed on foot. Ashbourne is a great starting point for walking trails around the White Peak area and is within easy distance of many famous natural features, such as the Dovedale Valley, the River Dove Stepping Stones, and Ilam Hall.

Dovedale and the River Dove. Photo by Erin Connelly.

Lambs in Dovedale. Photo by Erin Connelly.

Numerous guided walking tours are available online. For instance see Walking in England for free walks ranging in difficulty and distance (from 3 to 10 miles).

Stone wall outside Ashbourne. Photo by Erin Connelly.

Only a few hours journey from London, Ashbourne and the southern peaks are a wonderful way to escape the demands of city life.
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Why? Enjoy a walk around a quintessential English village
When: All year round
Where: Ashbourne, Derbyshire, Peak District, DE6
Cost: Free
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