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Breaking news: Ashbourne Soapbox Derby

Join Sheffield DA at Thorpe, Peak District National Park, on 6th - 8th September and enjoy the thrills and spills of the inaugural Ashbourne Soapbox Derby as these weird and wonderful gravity-powered creations career down the steep inclines of Ashbourne at speeds approaching 30mph!

Date: Sunday 8th September

Road closures: 11.00 am

Family race: 12.30 ( 18 carts)

Adult race: 13:30 (45 carts)

Prizes: 17:00

On site DJ, live commentary and carts on display before the race.

The route will see racers fly down Union Street, before negotiating the bend onto Market Place, proceeding downhill before turning the wrong way onto St John Street, negotiating a chicane and ramp before the finish at the Green Man gallows sign.

Route of the 2019 Ashbourne Soapbox Derby

Thorpe is a small Derbyshire village village in the White Peak area of the Peak District National Park, adjacent to the A515 about 10 minutes from Ashbourne and 30 minutes from Buxton. The village sits on the Derbyshire and Staffordshire border occupying an enviably beautiful location due to it's proximity to some of the most dramatic scenery in the Peak District. The list is endless but notably Thorpe Cloud is an iconic hill overlooking Dovedale and a moderate walk takes the visitor to the peaceful Manifold Valley. A visit to this area is a must for any bucket list.

The White Peak is rich and varied area providing a range of activities and attractions. Thorpe offers easy access to the Tissington trail, a gentle former railway track providing safe off-road recreational trails for cyclists and walkers. Ten minutes drive away lies the market town of Ashbourne, with Buxton just thirty minutes drive up the A515. The tourist hotspots of Ilam and Dovedale are within walking distance and the beautiful Manifold Valley sits to the West, making Thorpe a great base to explore this beautiful area on foot, by bicycle or by car.

For more information on the Sheffield DA meet at Thorpe 2019, see here


Sheffield DA has no affiliation to the Ashbourne Soapbox event, all timings are beyond our control. Further details see here

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