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Location in Ashbourne

Cokayne Avenue
North Ashbourne

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Ashbourne recreation grounds cover several hectares and stretch from Ashbourne town centre through to the open countryside to the east of the town. They comprise the memorial gardens, fishpond meadows and sports facilities.   There is also an excellent childrens' playground, very popular with young children, especially the water feature on hot days.

The football and rugby pitches, the cricket field and also the tennis courts are used by local schools and sports clubs and are also available to hire for events (contact Derbyshire Dales council).

In the Memorial gardens, on the corner of Cokayne Avenue and Park Road, you will find the impressive sandstone gateway to the park, comprising a classical arch with pillars and fluted columns, welcoming visitors to the ornate formal gardens planted in memory of Ashbourne’s war casualties.

Pass the bandstand site (the old one has been demolished and a replacement is promised in 2023) and in the other corner of the gardens is a statue of the Salvation Army co-founder, Catherine Booth, who was born in Ashbourne.

The Henmore Brook flows just beyond the playground, giving lots of opportunities to spot wildlife on Fishpond Meadow.

Keep walking away from town and you will reach the sports grounds.  The Pavilion is newly built in 2022, a public / private partnership managed by a team of dedicated local residents and provides a relaxing place to sit and drink as well as public toilets and venue for local club events.

Walk further and you will reach open countryside.  There are lots of paths to explore – see our walks page for some suggestions.