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A lovely day messing about in the river, in Ashford in the Water.

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Last Friday my daughter and Son in Law with the two children were setting off to go camping over the weekend near Buxton. They were going to call at Ashford in the Water first and asked us to go with them for the day. It was a beautiful day, perfect for a run up to the Peak District, so we followed them. I hadn’t been to Ashford in the Water before but I will certainly be going again. I loved the little village with it’s river and stone built cottages. We parked up beside a large play area and had fun watching Sam and Emily playing for a while.


Then we walked down to the stone bridge over the river. As we looked over the parapet we could see lots of very big trout basking in the sunlight, one beautiful swan and quite a few ducks. I wish we had taken the good camera with us as mine is only good for taking closer photo’s. Still, we will be definitely going again soon!.

It’s a lovely bridge viewed from the river bank where we fed the ducks and the swan, sat or paddled with the children.


This cottage on the river bank beside the bridge would be heaven on earth for me.


The banks further down looked so picturesque.


It was stoney on the river bed so we wore Flip Flops (invented by a frenchman called Philippe fe Lop) Son in law managed to lose one of his and it was so funny watching him trying to catch up with it as it sailed away. A lady asked if they were expensive and Shelley assured her they weren’t and she would use the other one to beat Gareth with that night…shame to waiste it she said….
Sorry I didn’t get many photo’s of the actual village I just wanted to capture the antics of the grandchildren really. If you get a chance to visit the Peak District this lovely village is well worth finding and taking a look around.

Sheepwash Bridge
The Sheepwash Bridge is a packhorse bridge with an attached stone sheepwash: lambs were placed in the pen on one side of the river and the ewes swam across the river to get to them, while being pushed underwater by the shepherds to clean the fleece before shearing. Large trout inhabit the waters of the Wye around the bridge.

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cottage on the river bank looks so wonderful :)i can just imagine the sound of the river running when iam in my bed at night(i would love that) ive never been here before but would like to go some day. wonder blog!!

from jane

7 Jul, 2013

 

Looks like a great time had Hb, great to see :-)

7 Jul, 2013

 

Hb , it is a lovely place . We used to stay regularly in a village up a hill from there called Shelden , there was an excellent B and B ; it was our August Bank Holiday treat .
We roamed all around the area , it's not far from Chatsworth , too . The grounds there are vast .
Time we went again , you have brought back some lovely memories .
Pleased that you all enjoyed it .

7 Jul, 2013

 

What an ideal place to take the children and grandchildren on a warm summer day. I shall have to look this place up. Thanks for the tip. It reminds me of a village in the Vale of York, Thornton Le Dale, also lovely cottages by the river...and a chocolate shop to die for!

7 Jul, 2013

 

What a lovely-looking place. We have been to Buxton many times at festival time, but have never explored much of the rest of the area. Must give it a try...

7 Jul, 2013

 

Nice you got to spend the day with the children. It must have been lovely by the water in this warm weather.

7 Jul, 2013

 

My ideal day... paddling in the river. Used to do it a lot at Bradgate park, but unfortunately they've outgrown paddling... feel a bit daft doing it on my own, and its not the same... Lovely blog, will certainly try and get there... will you "paddle" with me Hb? ps love Sams hat!

8 Jul, 2013

 

Looks lovely Homebird.... just the right place to visit with your family .....

8 Jul, 2013

 

Sounds like you all had a good day HB - we've all lost flip flops in the water before, have we not :)
Great pictures and you certainly had good weather.

8 Jul, 2013

 

Thanks everyone. We really enjoyed the day out. It really is a very pleasant place to visit. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the massive trout. We bought some almost flat peaches from the general shop and PO. They smelled like peaches and were the same textured skin but I had never seen flattish ones before. They were so juicy the juice ran down our arms as we ate them. Lol.

8 Jul, 2013

 

Very "Famous Five"! (Sorry - just been re-reading Mouldy's blog!)

8 Jul, 2013

 

I bought flat peaches like that recently. They were called 'doughnut peaches' because of their shape. They were the nicest peaches I have ever tasted :o)

9 Jul, 2013

 

It's not photos of the village we want. We want to see Shelley beating Bareth with he flip flop...I can't wear those because I have two left feet so I wear Flip Flips!!!!
Very nice pic's

9 Jul, 2013

 

Ha!ha!ha! Paul...so funny. It's a shame we didn't stay to bear witness.
Mel, I loved the Famous Five books. Must look at Mouldy's blog.
Hywel I hadn't seen the doughnut peaches before and haven't found them sold round here. Pity because they were delicious. Makes me want to grow a peach tree.

12 Jul, 2013

 

Loved the blog and the wonderful photographs, nice and cooling, I would have been in that water, perfect place to visit in this weather....

19 Jul, 2013

 

It's lovely to be able to paddle or just dangle your feet in water in this weather isn't it Dd. it's been much cooler here today and overcast but very pleasant. I bet there are lots of people there this weekend.

20 Jul, 2013

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