The towns of Swadlincote, Burton-upon-Trent, Melbourne and Coalville are all within 10 miles (16 km) of Ashby, with the city of Derby miles (19 km) due north.
The town is situated at the heart of The National Forest and approximately 24 miles (39 km) due south of the Peak District National Park.
), often shortened to Ashby, is a small market town and civil parish in North West Leicestershire, England, within the National Forest.
It is a sister city with Pithiviers in north-central France and lies close to the Derbyshire border.
The local upper school, Ashby School, previously Ashby Grammar School, is a mixed comprehensive school for 14–18-year-olds. The town formerly had two other endowed boys' schools founded in the 18th century.
Nearby villages include Lount, Normanton le Heath, Smisby, Packington, Donisthorpe, Oakthorpe, Moira, Measham and Coleorton.Regency buildings are also standing in this street.Bath Street has a row of Classical-style houses called Rawdon Terrace, dating from the time the 1820s, when the town was a spa destination.Most of this structure is hidden by later brick facades.The Bull's Head public house retains its original Elizabethan half-timbering, although most of this was plastered over some years ago and can no longer be seen from the street.The school is located between St Helen's Church and the ruins of Ashby's historic castle.