Sheepwash bridge over the River Wye
Ashford-in-the-Water is an idyllic village on the River Wye in the heart of White Peak in the Peak District National Park. Situated a few miles north of Bakewell, it is characterised by three bridges that span the river near the heart of the village. Once known for the production of black marble, a highly polished marble only found in the immediate area, the prime source of the mineral are the hills nearby. Examples can be viewed in one of Ashford-in-the-Water’s churches – Church of the Holy Trinity and Derby Museum. Ashford-in-the-Water is famous for the local tradition of well dressing; locals decorate slabs of clay with flowers and take them to the six village wells. This is followed by a procession from the churches to bless the wells.
Today the village has a thriving community, there are two pubs and a village store-cum-delicatessen, Ibbotsons for provisions for your long walks and tasty picnics. For a relaxing beer or a traditional English evening meal try the former coaching inn, the Ashford Arms that has been serving ales since the 1700s, or the Bulls Head, with its welcoming restaurant and good choice of beers and ales.The spectacular Haddon Hall
Visitors are attracted to the Sheep Wash Bridge to learn about the way the flocks were washed in the river before chemical dips existed. The pen still exists, so occasional demonstrations still occur. Another highlight is the vantage point on the bridge from which to observe the huge rainbow trout making their down river.
Close to Ashford-in-the-Water is the pleasant market town of Bakewell with a good selection of independent shops and a tourist information centre. Make sure you visit early on during your Peak District break to gather some local tips and the latest news about the area.
"Ashford-in-the-Water is perfect base for getting the best out of Peak District holiday."
Walkers love exploring Monsaldale with its famous viaduct and trail for bikers and trekkers. The Monsal Trail is the latest addition to the Peak District’s collection of wonderful long distance walks. It follows the old course of an old railway line that ran between Bakewell and Buxton. Winding through the White Peak, it’s a definite must if you are holidaying in or near Ashford-in-the-Water.
Ashford-in-the-Water is perfect base for getting the best out of Peak District holiday.
We have a number of lovely cottages in and around Ashford-in-the-Water. Take a look at our collection.