Set amid the glorious Derbyshire Dales, the market town of Ashbourne lies on the A52 10 miles north-west of Derby. Ashbourne is home to around 7,500 people. The Airfield Industrial Estate on the town's outskirts provides local employment, as does the tourist trade, with many ramblers attracted to the Tissington Trail along the old railway line.
Ashbourne has a tangle of medieval cobbled streets and alley-ways, as well as some fine Georgian buildings. There's a good selection of small, independent shops and some big high street names. Ashbourne is famous for its legendary rough-and-tumble Shrovetide football match, where the whole town takes part in a spirited kickabout through the streets, with the opposing goals three miles apart.
Local beauty spots include Bradley Wood and Carsington Water. The Dovedale National Nature Reserve is on Ashbourne's doorstep. You could also visit Chatsworth House, Blackbrook Zoological Park or the thrills and spills of Alton Towers.