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Mini guide to Ashbourne


Situated in the centre of England, just to the south of the Peak District National Park, Ashbourne is a compact and charming market town known for its annual Shrovetide football match and beautiful surroundings.

The famous Shrovetide football match has been played since medieval times in Ashbourne on the Tuesday before the start of Lent, or Shrove Tuesday. This match differs from a normal game of football in that the goals are nearly five kilometres apart and any number of residents can join in, with teams being determined by which side of the Henmoore Brook residents live on. The first team to score a goal are the winners.

Attractions in the city itself include the 13th century St Oswald Church, with its 65 metre high spire and splendid 17th century alms houses, while the nearby 17th century red brick mansion, regular haunt of the famous author Samuel Johnson, and the town's market, held every Thursday and Saturday, also charm visitors.

Farther afield, Ashbourne is surrounded by scenic beauty, especially to the north of the town where the Peak District begins. There are numerous quaint villages nearby, while Derby, home of Rolls Royce and many impressive buildings, is within an hour's drive, as are Nottingham, Sheffield, Manchester and Birmingham.

Ashbourne and its surroundings are best visited by car and the city is located in between the busy M1 and M6 motorways. Derby has the nearest rail terminal, which receives numerous hourly services from London and nearby cities. Buses leave from Derby bus station for Ashbourne, while Birmingham and Manchester international airports provide the nearest air terminals for those arriving by air.

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