Buses between Uttoxeter and Derby via Ashbourne town centre pass along Wyaston Road, adjacent to Oaklands Park, approximately once an hour, with the trip into Derby taking around 40 minutes. Trains from Derby run to Nottingham, Leicester and Birmingham as well as to London St Pancras, an hour and a half away. Oaklands Park also benefits from easy access to both local and long distance walks and cycle routes.
Arts & Entertainment
Community events and activities in Ashbourne range from amateur drama to a celebrated Shrovetide football game that takes place between teams of indeterminate numbers playing towards goals spaced three miles apart. The annual summer Ashbourne Festival is an eclectic two-week mixture of street performance, comedy, music, drama and art.
Leisure & Recreation
Known as the Gateway to the Peak District, Ashbourne offers easy access to wonderful countryside. Long distance paths include the Bonnie Prince Charlie Walk from Ashbourne to Derby, which passes adjacent to Oaklands Park, and the Tissington Trail through a series of picturesque landscapes and villages into Dovedale Nature Reserve. Ashbourne Recreation Ground, in the town centre, has a children’s play area and various sporting facilities, and Ashbourne Golf Club and the town’s Leisure Centre, with its swimming pool and gym, are both within a short walk.
Education & Health
Hilltop Infant and Nursery School, for children aged three to seven, is just a short walk from Oaklands Park, and there is a primary school, Parkside, in the town
centre, close to Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School. Ashbourne’s two medical practices, a dental surgery, and St Oswald’s Hospital, which has a walk-in clinic at weekends, are all located on Clifton Road, within a mile of the development.
Recycling facilities for packaging, paper, glass and textiles can be found half a mile away in Sainsbury’s car park, and larger items, including white goods and electronics, can be recycled at Ashbourne Recycling Centre.
There are two supermarkets and a range of smaller shops including a pharmacy and a post office less than ten minutes’ walk away, and nearby Waterside Retail Park includes an M&S food store, Homebase and a wine warehouse. The town centre offers an excellent selection, from traditional butchers and ironmongers to high street chains and banks, and an open air market is held in the charming cobbled Market Place each Thursday and Saturday.