December 23rd – It’s now traditional for me to have a day out somewhere different before Christmas. Today I visited Ashbourne, a place I’ve passed through lots but rarely stopped and studied.
The architecture and frantic air of business was fantastic, but what I really liked was the small, eccentric details: St Oswald’s Church with the afterthought clock and gothic gateposts with the skull detail. The Art Nouveaux staircase in the entry to an outdoor shop.
This little, but very dense valley town is utterly gorgeous. I must return at a more relaxed time.
Oh, and the cycling content? I test rode a new bike while I was here. Wel, a couple actually but that’s another story…