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    Proper old building.........
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  • Market in the Market Place
    Market in the Market Place
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    A little square....
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Ashbourne Things to Do

  • Visit Arbor Low

    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...

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  • Georgian architecture

    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...

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  • The '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...

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  • Buy (and eat) pies........

    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...

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  • Go walking/hiking in Dove Dale...

    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

    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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    Erm......Spencers the Bakers? 1 more image

    by leics Updated Mar 15, 2008

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    .....well, a good enough coffee for a small UK town (I expect their tea is fine too).

    There are quite a few tea-shops/cafes in Ashbourne, a testament to its popularity with visitors. This one is on the Market Place, and seemed a likely place to stop (especially as it had tables outside, and the weather was bearable).

    Service was pleasant, the coffee was fine (I had a big one), the treacle tart would have been better warmed through with a little cream but was perfectly adequate (and I needed the sugar hit).

    Large coffee and large slice of treacle tart 3.65GBP. Reasonable enough price for the UK.

    Favorite Dish: They do some basic hot food (pasties/sausage rolls etc) but it's really a coffee/tea and a piece of cake sort of place.

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Ashbourne What to Pack

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    by luckiday Written Jun 21, 2007

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you plan to go hiking/walking anywhere in the UK then heres your must check list. Hiking boots, gaitors, waterproof trousers and jacket (a back pack to be able to remove and carry this lot if it's hot is a good idea too). If it's winter time then obviously warm clothing, gloves and hat, and if you want the full kit the only thing that's left is a stick.

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