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Well known for its rugged coastline and traditional English countryside, the West Country offers a diverse array of breathtaking landscapes. Whether it’s pristine beaches, picture-perfect villages or dramatic river valleys, between them, Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset offer some of the UK’s most stunning scenery.
A varied landscape where mountains tower above lush river valleys and glassy lakes, interrupted only by charming towns, villages and many historic castles. The stunning coastline offers 750 miles of flawless beaches and hidden coves, and Cardiff offers a vibrant atmosphere and plenty of cultural discoveries.
Scotland is a land of real diversity. Revel in the vibrancy of Edinburgh and Glasgow or enjoy solidarity on the peaceful islands of Skye or Lewis. Walk beside gentle lochs or rushing rivers, climb towering mountains and discover hidden beaches and ancient battle grounds. Not only that but Scotland is swathed in historic castles, stately homes and attractions to suit just about anyone.
From the huge open skies and vast beaches in Norfolk to the traditional seaside charm in Essex, the East of England is a varied holiday destination. Taking in Suffolk, Lincolnshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire, you can also enjoy stunning countryside, cultural cities, historic castles and several Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Encompassing the likes of The Cotswolds, Oxfordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and Warwickshire, a holiday in the Heart of England guarantees a traditional English break. Get lost in the stunning countryside, explore cultural cities, market towns and picture-perfect villages. Not only that but you can discover stately homes, peaceful gardens and beautiful castles.
Home to some of the UK’s most loved Victorian seaside towns, the South Coast promises perfect family memories full of fish and chips and ice cream! Head slightly inland and you can enjoy the likes of the New Forest in Hampshire, the South Downs in Sussex and cultural cities like Canterbury in Kent.
There are many contrasting landscapes in the North of England, from the unspoilt mountains in the Lake District to the vast rolling countryside of Yorkshire. If you’re more interested in the coast then Northumberland’s stunning beaches and Yorkshire’s popular fishing villages will not disappoint.
With so many beautiful places in the UK designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this is a testament to just how special much of the country’s landscapes are. Choose from the peaks of Snowdonia, the honey-coloured villages of the Cotswolds, the unspoilt wilderness of the Cairngorms.
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Ashbourne (1.7 mls SW), Peak District
Ashbourne, Peak District
Ashbourne (3.7 mls NE), Peak District
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Ashbourne (5 mls SE), Peak District
On the edge of the Peak District sits the picturesque market town of Ashbourne. With quaint cobbled streets, hidden alleyways and Georgian buildings, Ashbourne exudes charm and character. A host of good restaurants, high quality shopping outlets, beautiful countryside and fascinating attractions make this a brilliant place to come for a family holiday.
The town has more than 200 listed buildings, so take a wander and absorb the historic atmosphere with almshouses, townhouses and coaching inns just some of the interesting architecture you can expect to see here. The beautiful Old Grammar School is worth a look, and have your photo taken next to the longest inn sign in the world at The Greenman pub! The beautiful St. Oswald’s Parish Church must be mentioned too, its towering spire watching over the town.
When it’s time for a rest, settle down for a cuppa and home-baked delights in one of the town’s wonderful tea rooms, cafes, pubs or restaurants. Don’t miss Bird’s Bakery, where you can pick up a piece of Ashbourne Gingerbread, whose origins date back to the Napoleonic wars.
As for the surrounding area, there’s much to explore. Take a walk along the scenic Tissington Trail into Dovedale, or head for the Pennine Bridleway for another picturesque stroll. Ashbourne is known as the Gateway to Dovedale, and it is perfectly positioned for appreciating the unparalleled landscapes surrounding the southern White Peak.
We have an outstanding collection of holiday cottages in Ashbourne and the surrounding area to suit all tastes. From cosy dog-friendly cottages to larger houses for families and groups, you’re sure to find your perfect home-away-from-home among our collection of Ashbourne holiday cottages.
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