Local area guide

Often voted as one of the best towns to live in the UK, Ashbourne is a historic market town known as “The Gateway to the Peak District” because of its convenient location to the Peak District National Park. It is located just 9 miles from the A50, providing excellent access to the M1 & M6.

Famous for the annual Royal Shrovetide football played on Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday, Ashbourne has a thriving town centre blessed with a great selection of amenities and individual shops.

There is a popular golf course on the outskirts of the town and the sought-after high school Queen Elizabeth Grammar School (QEG’s). Ashbourne also benefits from excellent transport links with regular bus services to Derby and Uttoxeter which both have train stations.


A small village set in the tranquil rolling countryside of the South Derbyshire Dales. The village has a church and is in the catchment area for Queen Elizabeth Grammar School (QEG’s). Located just 7 miles south of Ashbourne and 12 miles from Derby, Alkmonton is great for walking along field paths which have wide views over to nearby Staffordshire.


A small picturesque village in the White Peak area of the Peak District National Park, boarding Staffordshire and Derbyshire on the watershed between the valleys of the Dove and the Manifold rivers and at the crossroads of several old packhorse routes.

Alstonefield has a thriving community spirit and is located just 7 miles north of Ashbourne. The main part of the village is set around a lovely village green with The George Hotel and the spreading trees. It is within easy distance of St. Peter’s Church, and there is a village hall with many groups and classes.


Atlow is a small village located just 4.5 miles from Ashbourne and eight miles from Belper. The village is famous for its brilliant Duck Race down the River Henmore.

Biggin By Hartington

Set high in the spectacular White Peak landscape, Biggin By Hartington is a very popular area for walking. Just off the A515 midway between Ashbourne and Buxton, Biggin is typical of a White Peak village, running along a single street. Buildings of note are the quaint Church of St Thomas, Biggin Hall and the Waterloo Inn. For walkers and cyclists, the Tissington Trail is only a short distance away. To the west the Upper Dove valley provides some of the finest limestone dales in the Peak. Biggin Dale is a beautiful sanctuary, part of which is a Nature Reserve.


Boylestone is a small and peaceful village with plenty of equestrian routes and a restaurant called The Lighthouse which adjoins the Rose & Crown Pub. The village has a village hall, 14th Century church and falls within the John Port catchment area. It is located 9 miles south of Ashbourne and is very accessible from the A50.


Bradbourne with its own village church, lies on the fringe of the Peak District National Park, approximately 5.5 miles north of Ashbourne.


A conveniently placed village located on the A52 between Ashbourne (6 miles) & Derby (8 miles). The village is well catered for, having a garage, convenience store/post office, doctor’s surgery and golf course with driving range. It has a local Church of England primary school and falls within the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School (QEG’s) catchment area. Buildings of curiosity are the nearby Jacobean-inspired Brailsford Hall built in 1905 and Culland Hall which currently runs an annual open gardens event.


Situated close to Carsington Water, just 7 miles from Ashbourne, Brassington is set away from the main roads on a hilltop surrounded by beautiful countryside. Most of the houses in the village are built of local limestone, generally being between 200 and 300 years old. In Brassington, there is Brassington Primary School, local pub Ye Olde Gate Inn and nearby The Miners Arm.


Being very well known for Carsington Water, a wonderful centre for watersports and cycle routes, Carsington village is situated 7 miles northeast of Ashbourne. It has a long history, including Roman occupation; an old Roman settlement now lies beneath the reservoir. The village adjoins the hamlet of Hopton and has a pub called The Miners Arms as well as a primary school.

Church Broughton

Church Broughton is a popular village conveniently located 2 miles north of the A50 and approximately 10 miles from Ashbourne. The village has a primary school and falls within the catchment area for John Port in Etwall. Also, within the village are 2 churches, a pub which is great for dining called the Holly Bush Inn as well as a nearby nine-hole golf course & tennis club.


Clifton is on the edge of Ashbourne just 1.6 miles from the town centre. The village is famous for having the “Downards” goal for the annual traditional Royal Shrovetide Football match. There is the local pub The Cock Inn which houses a vending shop, a village church, cricket club plus the nearby independent garden centre Fairway. The village has the Clifton C of E Primary School and falls within the QEGs catchment for senior school.

Dalbury Lees

The village of Dalbury Lees comprises of two villages of Dalbury and Lees which are just under 2 miles apart from one another. The village is situated around 7.5 miles from Derby and just over 12 miles from Ashbourne. It enjoys a traditional and popular pub called The Black Cow Inn and is within the catchment area for high school John Port in Etwall.


Edlaston is situated just short of 3.5 miles from Ashbourne and adjoins the village of Wyaston. It has its own local pub The Shire Horse and is within the catchment of Queen Elizabeth Grammar School (QEG’s).

Ellastone & Wootton

Ellastone is a popular village just on Staffs side of the Staffordshire/Derbyshire border. The Duncombe Arms is very well renowned traditional country pub situated centrally in the village. Amenities include a tennis court, park with bowling green, children’s park and village hall. Wootton is located nearby towards the Weaver Hills which is also idyllic and has beautiful countryside.

Hulland Ward

Hulland Ward is a popular village with great local amenities and a beautiful countryside backdrop. The village is just 5 miles from Ashbourne, ten miles from Derby and six miles from Belper on the A517. It is close to Carsington Water and has 2 local pubs – The Nags Head and the Black Horse Inn. There is the Hulland Ward C of E Primary School, a village shop and garages and doctor’s surgery in nearby Brailsford. Hulland Ward is also located within Queen Elizabeth Grammar School catchment area.


Sometimes spelt ‘Mappleton’ this village is very close to the market town of Ashbourne and just 13 miles from Derby. It has a local pub called the Okeover Arms and St Mary’s Church, and is also close to The Tissington Trail where you can hire bicycles from or just walk the lovely route from.

Marston Montgomery

Marston Montgomery is a beautiful quaint village in a quiet corner of the Derbyshire Dales, located 7 miles from Ashbourne and fifteen miles from Derby. There is lovely selection of varying styles of architecture surrounded by glorious countryside. Within the village there is Marston Montgomery Primary School, a village hall and local pub ‘The Crown Inn’. The Church of Saint Giles dates to Norman times but was heavily restored during the 19th Century.


Mayfield is a larger village on the Staffordshire side of the River Dove and just 2 miles from Ashbourne. It is divided up into Mayfield, Church Mayfield, Wallash, Middle Mayfield and Upper Mayfield. The village has a Church of England school called Henry Prince First School and is in the catchment area for Thomas Alleynes High School in Uttoxeter. It also has a convenient local store.


Milldale is a delightfully positioned hamlet, comprising of only a dozen or so cottages, at the northern end of Dovedale. It is approximately 7 miles from Ashbourne and attracts walkers like few other places of its size in Britain. Most come to explore the beautiful Dove Valley, with its famous Stepping Stones and strange rock formations, but there are many other excellent walks in the area that either start or pass through Milldale.


A hamlet which lies about 8 miles from Ashbourne and six miles from Derby. Parts of All Saints Church dates to late Saxon times.


Osmaston is a small village in the Derbyshire Dales located approximately 2 miles from Ashbourne and 12 miles from Derby. It is a typical English village with thatched cottages and duck pond. The Shoulder of Mutton is the local pub in the village, and there is also a primary school and village hall. The annual the Ashbourne Show is hosted here.


Parwich is arguably the most beautiful village in the Peak District National Park, located 7 miles north of Ashbourne. Village facilities include the Anglican church of St Peter’s, Parwich Primary School and The Sycamore Inn with a village shop, memorial hall, children’s play area, bowling green and cricket pitch.

Roston & Norbury

Both Roston and Norbury are villages located in the Parish of Norbury about 6 miles from Ashbourne and fourteen miles west of Derby. Roston is mentioned in the Domesday Book. Half way between Norbury Church and Roston in Lid Lane is the Norbury C of E Primary School and the village hall which along with the Roston Arms pub are the social centres for the local community. Many of the old buildings in Roston are well preserved. Located within the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School catchment area (QEG’s


Stanton is a small Staffordshire village nestled on the side of the stunning Weaver Hills. The views from this village are truly breath-taking as the height advantage provides far reaching lowlands of countryside and on a clear day 4 counties. Set in a very quiet and rural location but only 5 miles away from Ashbourne.


Nestling in the folds of the beautiful Derbyshire Dales, Shirley is 5 miles from Ashbourne and 10 miles from Derby.  Being an estate village from the Middle Ages, Shirley has become since the war the home of people working in nearby towns and for many retired people.  The 18th Century pub, The Saracen’s Head, is noted for the fine food it serves. The village is also within Queen Elizabeth Grammar School.

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