Location of Shirley Hall Farm
Shirley is located 10 miles NW of Derby and 4 miles SSE of Ashbourne, just outside the Peak District National Park and in a picturesque area known as the Derbyshire Dales.
Ashbourne set in the Derbyshire Dales is a historic market town set on a river at the edge of the Peak District National Park. Full of old listed buildings, the town itself has an abundance of antique and craft shops, and places to wine and dine. Royal Shrovetide football held on Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday each year is a sight to behold. Try the Highland Gathering event held in July, where Scotland, its culture, traditions and sports come to Ashbourne.
Dovedale is close by with its wonderful scenic walks, stepping stones and picturesque Thorpe Cloud. Dovedale is famous as the scene of 'The Compleat Angler' and with its many rivers and reservoirs, Derbyshire is a haven for fishing.
For sport, Derbyshire is a must with varying cycle trails, riding schools, and pony trekking. River and still water canoeing, water sports, walking, climbing, fishing and golf are all available locally. Carsington Water sports and visitor centre is nearby.
Chatsworth House, historic home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire is a must. The house itself, with its many treasures and gardens, has also a farm shop, children's farmyard and adventure playground. Chatsworth House Kedleston Hall, Haddon Hall, Hardwick Hall and Sudbury Hall with its museum of childhood are not to be missed; or walk back in time at the incredible Calke Abbey.
Other attractions nearby include Alton Towers, Gulliver's Kingdom and Waterworld theme parks.
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The local pub
Ashbourne market place