THE bank holiday weekend saw the usual large crowds of visitors in Ashbourne and local beauty spots.
The weather was not as hot and sunny as Easter, but that certainly didn’t stop people from enjoying the pavement cafes and wandering round the shops and craft fair in town.
Tony and Mandy Hackett travelled from Stoke to stay in Ashbourne for the long weekend with their six-year-old grandson, Dainton.
They enjoyed wandering round the numerous charity shops in town, and 46-year-old Mandy said: “Everyone is so friendly here, there are plenty of shops, fantastic chips and it’s a great day out.
“We are staying at Callow Top campsite for the weekend, and it’s really good for kids.”
Ashbourne is always a popular stop with bikers heading out into the Peak district.
Mervyn Jones, 63, from Nottingham was sat outside Bramhall’s cafe in Market Place, enjoying a brief spell of sunshine with his friend, Alistair Kay, 48, from Ilkeston.
Mervyn said: “We are off to Scotland in a couple of weeks’ time, so we thought it would be a good idea to take the bikes for a run out first. It’s a great place to sit and people watch – plus the coffee here is excellent.”
There were plenty of riders and walkers out in the Tissington trail too.
Shane Marshall, 46, had cycled with his young family from their home in Doveridge to Ashbourne, using the quiet, scenic country lanes.
He said: It’s a great ride over, and now we all deserve chips and mushy peas for lunch before we bike back home.”
Visitors to the nearby Tissington Hall may have been surprised to find themselves being served their cream tea by Sir Richard FitzHerbert himself.
The hall opened its doors to the public on Monday, and visitors were given a guided tour of the house and gardens.
The Tissington estate has been in the FitzHerbert family for more than 400 years and was built in 1609 . Only 300 other families in the country can witness that longevity.
John May travelled from Belper in his 1960 red Berkeley. His dog Sky accompanied him. John said: “It’s always good to get the opportunity to come out in the car. It’s got a 1,000cc engine in now, but back in the day it would have been a 325, two-stroke bike engine in here.
“Sky loves coming out in the car, she even has her own set of ‘doggles’ so the flies don’t get in her eyes.”
Carsington Water was another popular destination with visitors wanting to make the most of the weather.
Sarah Barratt, manager of the sports and leisure centre said: “We have been really busy. The bikes have been really popular, but so has fishing on the reservoir.
“We’ve also had a lot of people coming for the boats and canoes, so overall it’s been a very good bank holiday weekend for us.”