The fictional village of Hayslope is based on Ellastone.
In the 19th Century, Ellastone had the biggest building business in the Ashbourne area, that of the Evans family of which the writer George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) was a part. She visited and the village found fame as Hayslope in “Adam Bede”.
The Adam Bede Walk
A delightful booklet on the Adam Bede Walk has been produced by Ed Barker. If you wish to do the walk it will be invaluable to you, with lots of information about the route, but also about George Eliot’s book and its characters.
Even if you are not walking, it is a lovely booklet to have with excellent photographs.
We are very grateful to Ed.
The booklets are available in Ellastone Church porch (suggested donation £2).