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    And my pies! Yummy!
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    Visit Arbor Low

    by leics Updated Mar 16, 2008

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    The Peak District is stuffed with prehistoric monuments, and the best henge monument in northern England is only a few miles from Ashbourne, just off the Buxton road (A515).

    Arbor Low dates from around 2500BC and is 67m in diameter. Its 46 large stones and 13 smaller ones are surrounded by a 2m high bank and ditch. It's not known whether the stones were originally standing, or whether they were pushed over in later centuries by those who resented their 'pagan' influence.

    There's a later Bronze Age barrow built into the bank, and another one (Gib Hill) about 200 metres away. It's thought that an earthen bank once joined the henge to this barrow, which is built on top of a much earlier one.

    Although Arbor Low is not on a particularly high spot it has fantastic long-distance views, and is a most atmospheric place to visit. It's worth seeking out: by car would be easiest, but you could get the Ashbourne-Buxton bus, get off at Parsley Hey on the A515 and walk from there (less than a mile). It's not wheelchair-accessible, and people with mobility problems might find the ground and upward slope difficult to cope with.

    My Arbor Low page is here:

    http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/tt/9d738/#TL

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    Georgian architecture

    by leics Written Mar 15, 2008

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    Towh Hall: built to impress

    Most of Ashbourne is Georgian (1750 - 1811) or Victorian (1837 - 1920). I'm not much into those particular eras, but many people appreciate their architectural styles.

    Ashbourne is said to have the 'finest street of Georgian buildings in Derbyshire': Church Street (a 1 in 7 hill as it winds out of the town).

    So if you like this type of architecture then you'll enjoy wanderng round Ashbourne.

    The photo is the Town Hall: Victorian twiddliness and grandiosity.

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    The 'Gingerbread Shop'

    by leics Updated Mar 15, 2008

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    'Gingerbread Shop'

    This is the oldest building I could find in central Ashbourne. Dating from 1641 it became the 'Roebuck Inn' in the 17th century, and then a bakery in 1805. It's been a bakery ever since, owned by the same family from 1883.

    It shouldn't be black and white, of course: that is a Victorian idea which caught hold and 'stuck' in the UK. Next time it is renovated it will no doubt be returned to what should be its original colours: cream plasterwork and natural wood beams.

    The 'Ashbourne gingerbread' made by this family is fram a secret recipe. It supposedly came from French prisoners of the Napoleaonic Wars, who were kept in Ashbourne. I didn't try any, simply because I'd just stuffed myself with treacle tart elsewhere!

    Worth having a look at the building even if you don't buy any gingerbread.

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    Buy (and eat) pies........

    by leics Written Mar 15, 2008

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    The 'Cheddar Gorge' deli
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    The 'Cheddar Gorge' delicatessen on Dig Street caught my eye: it had a huge (obviously home-made) cheese, potato and onion pie in the window for only 3.50GBP.

    So I went in, and was very impressed by the variety of home-made pies/quiches etc on sale (and by their prices). There's lots of cheeses as well, of course, and other deli foods, and farm produce too.......and bread.......

    I bought 3 small pies (because you can freeze them): I especially liked the mince, potato and Sage Derby one (Sage Derby is a type of cheese.....with sage in it, obviously).

    Well worth seeking out if you are in Ashbourne.

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    Go walking/hiking in Dove Dale Derbyshire

    by luckiday Written Jun 20, 2007

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    Stepping stones at Dove Dale, Ashbourne Derbyshire

    Why not go walking/hiking in the hills of Ashbourne/ Dove Dale, Derbyshire. This is a very beautiful part of England. You can spend hours with your loved ones including children taking in the view, and when you think you have walked enough just turn around and make you way back for a delicious ice cream.

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    Sudbury Hall

    by Kettleman Written Aug 4, 2005
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    As well as the house itself, a stately home, built in the late 17th centrury there is the Museum of Childhood on the same site.

    You can read more on the National Trust website rather than me cutting and pasting here. Not that anyone does that - perish the thought!!

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    Race Day

    by Kettleman Written Aug 1, 2005

    The local race circuit is called Darley Moor and it is on the side of the A515 to the south of the town.

    I've only been once n daylight to watch club racing on the circuit, but have been several times in the dead of night when it is used as a rest stop on the National Rally in England.

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    Carsington Water

    by stevezero Written Feb 6, 2005
    Carsington Water, Ashbourne, Derbyshire

    Carsington Water came into being in 1992 as a reservoir to store water form the river Derwent when the water level is high, and return it to the river when it is low. The water is then treated further downstream.
    The stretch of water is now though much more about leisure. There is a sailing club, many walks and cycle tracks around the water. It is possible to hire cycles here.
    There is also a Visitor Centre supplying information about he area, the history and the nature. Also there is a shop and a nice cafe with good views over the water.

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