Ashover Rock

Not much of a walk unless you park in Ashover (Community Centre Car Park) and walk up to it.  What I mean by this is if you park at the rock, there isn’t really a walk apart from about 2 minutes to the rock and about another 15 mins to explore the surrounding area.

There is a Trig point and a Doomsday Bunker, which is locked from the inside to prevent access, The shaft and ventilation shaft was clad in Derbyshire stone, but locals say that the stone that was used to build it was stolen long ago, hence the reason for it being locked.  I used to go here as a kid and can never remember it being open.  Still a point of interest though considering the view.

Ashover Rock is also known as ‘The Fabrick’. This rocky outcrop is just outside Ashover village, near the east side of the Peak Disctrict , between Matlock and Chesterfield.

At 299m above sea level, the (Rock) Fabrick is the highest point in the area and, as this panorama from the top shows, the views from the top are stunning. On a clear day the views extend over Chesterfield to the suburbs of Sheffield as well as into the counties of Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire. It is said that, in the right conditions with a telescope, it is possible to see Lincoln Cathedral from the top of Ashover Rock, although I haven’t tried this.


Ashover is a tiny village, but it does house three pubs, all serving food, The Poet, The Black Swan and the Crispin, so worth the visit in it’s own right if you are in the area and fancy a bite.