Ashbourne in the Peak District is surrounded by beautiful countryside and is an ideal base for a short break or longer holiday.

If you enjoy stately homes, you are in for a treat with Chatsworth, Hardwick Hall, Kedleston Hall, Norbury Manor, Sudbury Hall, Tissington Hall just to name a few within easy drive from Ashbourne.

If excitement is more your idea of spending a day then you can’t beat Alton Towers and Gullivers Kingdom.

Fresh air and exercise, there are miles of way marked footpaths to explore and traffic free and family friendly cycle routes along former railway lines on the Tissington Trail.

Ashbourne is perfectly located to appeal to all sorts of cyclists: those who love the hills and the dales and those who prefer the more level terrain.

Walkers will also not be disappointed with hundreds of stunning walks on the doorstep within the Peak District National Park. For further information visit http://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/visiting/getactive/getactive-walking

Nearby Attractions

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Alton Towers

Distance: 10 miles

Alton Towers is one of the world’s leading theme park resorts! With a host of rides and attractions spread over 500 acres of countryside, truly a fantastic short break or a great day out for the whole family.

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Black Rocks

Distance: 10 miles

There are two entrances to Black Rocks, Matlock or Wirksworth. There is a steep hill under a canopy of trees which from the top of Black Rocks down to the canal. A refreshments quiosk is open during weekends and the high season. From here you can also access the High Peak Trail which leads from Cromford to Dowlow.

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Bolsover Castle

Distance: 40 miles

Part of English Heritage, Bolsover Castle is a small building steeped in history with it’s reputation for revelry. Explore the wall walk, ruined terrace and fountain garden during your visit. There is often something happening at the Castle so with all of their events you’re sure to find something the whole family will enjoy.

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Carsington Water

Distance: 7 miles

Carsington Water is a local centre for outdoor activities. There is a sailing club active next door to the Visitor Centre, and there are many opportunities for walking and cycling around the reservoir and the surrounding villages.

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Calke Abbey

Distance: 30 miles

Calke Abbey is one of the few National Trust houses that has had little restoration over its many years. Due to this parts of the Abbey includes abandoned areas showing the buildings with very few changes since 20th century. There is lots of explore throughout the Abbey and its grounds from the orangery to the kitchen gardens.

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Chatsworth House & Gardens

Distance: 20 miles

Plenty for all the family. The house contains one of Europe’s finest private art collections and a gallery of neo-classical sculptures. Explore the gardens with their fountains and water features – including the unique water cascade.

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Churnet Valley Railway

Distance: 12 miles

Take a ride on a steam train and learn about the stations along your journey. The Railway offers many types of train journeys from afternoon teas to themed dining experiences. They also hold many events on the trains through the year which aren’t to be missed.

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Dimmingsdale

Distance: 10 miles

Part of the Churnet Valley, a 4 mile walk in woodland and by the river. The area is full of wildlife for you to look out for along your walk, as well as many wild flowers that grow under the shade of the trees.

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Dovedale

Distance: 4 miles

A dramatic limestone ravine, famous for its stunning scenery, wildlife and the much-loved stepping stones which cross the River Dove.

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Elvaston Castle

Distance: 20 miles

Within 320 acres of land sits Elvaston Castle, a true example of Gothic Revival architecture. Although the house itself it’s open to the public, the large expanse of grounds makes for great walks where you can find other smaller buildings. There are plenty of open spaces for picnics as well as little paths full of hidden gems.

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Haddon Hall

Distance: 16 miles

Haddon Hall is a fortified medieval manor house dating from the 12th Century, and is the home of Lord Manners whose family have owned it since 1567. Haddon has welcomed visitors for hundreds of years and its beauty and atmosphere never fails to enchant. The house is open to visitors from April to October, with a number of special events being staged throughout the season.

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Ilam Park

Distance: 5 miles

Situated in the White Peak estate, Ilam Park is a great base to explore many areas of the Peak District. There are a number of walks straight from the Park, such as Thorpe Cloud, or you could just sit in one of their deckchairs and enjoy food from the tearooms. If you’re interested in the history of the area then Ilam Church which can be found next to the Hall is full of information about Ilam’s rich past.

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Kedleston Hall

Distance: 10 miles

This grand 18th century Hall is home to the Curzon family who have lived on this site since the 12th century. The Hall is filled with beautiful artwork and treasures including Lord Curzon’s Eastern Museum which is filled with objects from his time in Asia. There is also vast parkland around the Hall that offers a range of walking routes amongst the woodland and sheep filled fields. Kedleston also has a claim to fame being used during the filming of ‘The Duchess’ starring Keira Knightley.

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Peak Wildlife Park

Distance: 10 miles

Has one of the largest bird collections in the UK, Peak Wildlife Park (formerly Blackbrook Zoological Park) and is well known for breeding some of the world’s rarest birds. A fun day out for all the family with a shop, restaurant, free car parking and disabled access.

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Sudbury Hall

Distance: 10 miles

From the late 17th century is the grand country home of the Vernon family and part of the National Trust. Along with the stunning interior of the Hall and the history that can be learnt here, there is also the Museum of Childhood on the grounds. The Museum has a wide range of toys from various decades and eras as well as information about jobs childen used to do and the schooling they would receive.

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The Roaches

Distance: 20 miles

Offering stunning views of Leek and Tittesworth Reservoir below, The Roaches are a steep gritstone ridge boasting rock formations and a water pool with a mythical legend. This walk is excellent if you’re wanting something a bit more challenging, and the views are definitely worth the effort.

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Thor’s Cave

Distance: 11 miles

A natural cavern situated on the Manifold Valley trail, giving wonderful views over the valley with steps providing easy access to the entrance to the cave. The cave is very popular with walking groups and rock climbers alike.

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Tissington Trail

Distance: 0.5 miles

Runs for 13 miles from Ashbourne towards Parsley Hay in the north. Using old railway lines, the trail is completely traffic free making it perfect for walking or cycling. You can hire bicycles from Ashbourne Cycl Hire Centre at the start of the trail.

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