Location, Location, Location - Ashbourne

Location, Location, Location - Ashbourne

With pretty villages and stunning scenery around every corner, the Derbyshire Dales and the surrounding Peak District continue to be a popular draw with locals and day-trippers alike. One such hotspot is the thriving market town of Ashbourne, which lies just 13 miles from Derby city centre. Here, Miller Homes’ sales adviser, Tracey Endsor, who works at our Oaklands Park development, picks out a few highlights in an area she knows well.

“Ashbourne is probably most famous for its ancient tradition of Royal Shrovetide Football. Started every year by well-known local people – including match winners of previous years - this game is played each Shrovetide Tuesday and Ash Wednesday. Despite the name, this isn’t football as we know it – it’s far rougher than that, but a great spectacle all the same! Hundreds of locals on opposing teams, known as the Up’ards and the Down’ards, try to score in goals three miles apart (by any means possible!).

“With its winding cobbled streets, overhead bunting and charming Tudor and Georgian architecture, Ashbourne ticks all the boxes when it comes to the quintessentially British market town. Granted a market charter as early as 1257, it now has over 200 listed buildings, including the breath-taking Old Grammar School in the heart of the town.

“There’s plenty of shopping options too, from small boutique family-owned stores, to the more familiar high street names such as Fat Face and Joules. One of my favourites is The Village Rainbow which seems to sell almost everything! Nestled amongst inviting tearooms and CAMRA recognised pubs – including the cosy Smiths Tavern – there’s something for all tastes. A firm favourite is always Nigel’s Butchers, one of Ashbourne’s longest standing businesses, which is without doubt one of the best butchers in the region.

“For those who like the great outdoors, there are plenty of options right on the doorstep. Known as ‘The Gateway to Dovedale’, the popular walk of Ilam Park to the Stepping Stones of Dovedale, is just a short distance away. Great fun for all the family, this walk culminates at the giant stepping-stones over the River Dove, which is always a hit with children.

“If you have an interest in water sports, Carsington Water is little more than fifteen-minute drive away. This vast and scenic reservoir has options for Paddle Boarding, Sailing and Kayaking for all ages and abilities. If you prefer to stay dry, the eight mile round walk is pleasant and just a little bit challenging with plenty of wildlife to spot en route.

“When Miller Homes announced plans for its 57-home Oaklands Park development I knew this would prove to be one of our most sought after locations. It really is a lovely place to work and live and I encourage anyone looking to make a move to come down and see what this charming town can offer you and your family.”