Ashbourne is a market town in the Derbyshire Dales district in Derbyshire, England, with a population of 8,377 in the 2011 census, estimated at 9,163 in 2019. It contains many historical buildings and independent shops, and offers a historic annual Shrovetide football match. Its position near the southern edge of the Peak District makes it the closest town to Dovedale, to which it is sometimes referred as the gateway.
The town is 14 miles (23 km) west of Derby, 21 miles (34 km) southeast of Buxton, 22 miles (35 km) east of Stoke-on-Trent, 49 miles (79 km) south-southeast of Manchester, 35 miles (56 km) southwest of Sheffield and 27 miles (43 km) north of Lichfield. The town is also near to the towns of Matlock, Uttoxeter, Leek, Cheadle and Bakewell.
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