Peak District village ‘where time stands still’ that’s ranked among prettiest in UK

Hidden between the tourist juggernauts of Buxton and Bakewell, a Peak District village which may go under the radar for many has been named as one of the prettiest villages in the UK in a travel guide by The Times. The national newspaper listed its “top 30 prettiest villages in the UK” and Ashford-in-the-Water, on the River Wye, made the list at No 20.

Being ranked in the Top 20 out of the 6,000 or so villages in the country is a very good show. But what makes this quaint little river village so special?

With limestone cottages and well-tendered gardens lining the streets, it is easy to see the raw beauty which shrouds Ashford-in-the-Water. It is hard to imagine this picturesque Peak District village was once the center of a large black marble mining operation in a collection of quarries in the area.

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Defined by the River Wye running through the middle of the village, Ashford-in-the-Water is perfect for a summer’s day out. A short stretch of grass running alongside the river makes for an amazing picnic opportunity.

A lady who was visiting the village with her family told our reporter that her children love playing in the river. She said: “It is a truly beautiful place. isn’t it, they love feeding the ducks and paddling in the river.”

A selection of independent businesses, like the Aisseford Tea Room, are on offer in the village

And for such a small village, you can find nearly everything you need for a good countryside day out in the independent businesses still operating in the area. Ashford General Store offers a great selection of Bradwell’s ice cream flavors as well as stocking a great selection of fresh baked goods, including brownies, Bakewell slices and sausage rolls.

Perhaps a cold, refreshing pint at the popular Bull’s Head pub, or for anyone who can brave a hot drink on a warm summer day, the Aisseford Tea Room gets rave reviews from locals and tourists. If you are looking for an extended trip to Ashford-in-the-Water a number of B&Bs are in the village, as well as the Riverside House Hotel.

Described by one local as a place “where time has seemed to stand still”, the chocolate-box aesthetic of Ashford-in-the-Water has not been affected by the modernization of larger surrounding towns. The attractive buildings of mellow stone look like they have been taken right off of a postcard.

Ashford-in-the-Water sits two miles north-west of Bakewell, for any visitors parking can be tight as the only available spaces are along the side of the road. We recommended parking elsewhere and walking to the village to get the best experience and enjoy the stunning Peak District on your way to the village.


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