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Ashford, unlike most Peak villages is set in a beautiful valley setting, rather than in a hollow on a plateau, or on the side of a valley like Youlgreave. Its mainly 18th century cottages are built of smoothly textured limestone, light brown in colour, giving a warm and cosy feel to the village.  

There has been a cricket club in the village since before 1841, and it is currently (2005) a member of the Yorkshire and Derbyshire Cricket League, where it holds Division 1 status. The club also plays mid week in the Longstone League and  holds friendly matches on Sundays.


Ashford's home ground, two miles outside Bakewell, just off the A6 on the road to  Buxton, is on the eastern side of the village. It is one of the prettiest grounds in not only the county, but in the country. The club though is not just satisfied with its idyllic setting, it is also ambitious and good progress has been made both on and off the field in recent years. 

The club have gained promotion in both 2002 and 2003, and in the last few years have reached a number of cup finals. In keeping with their progress on the field, the club are continually looking to improve their facilities and in 2004 they launched a  New Pavilion Appeal. A major event occurred that year on Sunday 13 June, when the local club took on the might of Derbyshire County Cricket Club to raise funds for their new pavilion. Having narrowly failed to beat the county side in 2004, well perhaps that is a bit of an exaggeration,  Ashford had another try on Sunday 10 July 2005, but again luck went against them!

For a summary of the match played in 2004, click the link below to read the report compiled by Ashford-in-the-Water Cricket Club.

 Cricket Match Report 2004 

Derbyshire County Cricket Club Squad 2004

Back Row :- Karl Krikken (Academy Director) | Craig Ranson (Physio) | Dominic Hewson | Rawait Khan | Neil Gunter | Nick Walker | Paul Havell | James Chapman | Mohammed Sheikh | Anthony Botha | James Bryant | Steve Selwood | Hassan Adnan | John Brown (Scorer) | David Houghton (Director of Cricket)

Front Row :- Mohammad Ali | Andrew Gait | Kevin Dean | Graeme Welch (vice Captain) | John Smedley (Chief Executive) | Luke Sutton (Captain) | Stephen Stubbings | Christopher Bassano | Nathan Dumelow


Ashford are a club, which embodies village cricket, playing competitively, but always with the spirit of the game at the forefront. The club encourages participation from all members and their families.


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The lovely village of Ashford-in-the-Water nestles on the banks of the River Wye as it slowly meanders its way south towards Bakewell.

Ashford Feature


An outstanding walk  at first gently climbing up to Monsal Head from where you get one of the best views in Derbyshire.

Ashford Walk


On Trinity Sunday, Ashford celebrates the founding of the church. Following the service, there is a procession to bless the six wells that are dressed annually.

Ashford-in-the-Water Well Dressings 




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