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Thorpe, Ashbourne DE6 2AY, England
+44 1335 350503
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A winters walk

We parked up at Ilam and walked to Dovedale and then along the river. As we set off at lunchtime we... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Mick H
via mobile
Lovely but too many people

Lovely views, absolutely brilliant drive to get there, extremely relaxing. The only thing that... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Derby, United Kingdom
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The National Trust is a registered charity. With your help, we protect some of the most important spaces and places in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We take care of historic houses, gardens, mills, coastline, forests, woods, fens, beaches, farmland, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, nature reserves, villages and pubs - and then we open them up for ever, for everyone. Dovedale valley is owned and cared for by the National Trust, with important woodlands, wildflower meadows and impressive limestone rock features throughout the valley. Please note; there is a privately owned car park a short and easy walk from the famous Stepping Stones. This is not a National Trust car park. The nearest National Trust car park is a mile away at Ilam Park, where National Trust member can park for free. There are toilets beside the Dovedale car park and these are owned and maintained by the Peak District National Park Authority. There is a charge of 20p to use these toilets.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Thorpe, Ashbourne DE6 2AY, England
+44 1335 350503
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We parked up at Ilam and walked to Dovedale and then along the river. As we set off at lunchtime we only walked a short distance but it was still well worth the visit. There is a car park and toilets at Dovedale for those...More

Thank Mick H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely views, absolutely brilliant drive to get there, extremely relaxing. The only thing that ruined it slightly for me was the sheer amount of tourists. I would love to experience the peaks without screaming children everywhere, but this is a minor criticism compared to the...More

Thank peggysue1233
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved it here... really nice to walk or run around, not to far out of derby so can be done it an afternoon.

Thank Herbiek2
Reviewed 1 week ago

I took my partner and our 16 year old to Ilam and we started and the YHA centre and walked the River Manifold footpath then across to the River Dove and onto Thorpe Cloud and the steeping stones. There is a car park near the...More

Thank neilhE2873MI
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fabulous walks, beautiful scenery. I live near here & it is lovely to visit all year round. Walk from Dovedale to Milldale & reward yourself a cup of tea, snack or ice cream from Polly's Cotage tea rooms! Wear sturdy footwear & climb Thorpe Cloud!

Thank Janet E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is an absolutely amazing place. So much to see and relax. We went on a nice hot day and really enjoyed it. It's great place to explore with family and no wifi!!

Thank shala37
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I live in Derbyshire and have, over the years, visited Dovedale many times at different times of the year. It is beautiful.

Thank Jan H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On a recent few days in The Dales, Dovedale was probably the place we most wanted to visit. We were not disappointed. It is the most beautiful valley, and offers something for everyone. I'm not an angler but observed anglers casting their flies across the...More

Thank frankart_10
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On a warm October day the walk along Dovedale to Milldale is a wonderful way to see the Derbyshire countryside at its best, don't just concentrate on the path look up and admire the tree foliage changing colour and the magnificent hills along the route.

Thank johnhp702
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a truly beautiful place in a beautiful part of the world. Visited here on a beautiful sunny day and the view were stunning. We did the walk there and whilst it was really exhausting it was so worth it. Wear comfortable shoes.

Thank donnag0106
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Amber L
2 October 2017|
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Response from NationalTrustPeak | Property representative |
Hello, there is cycle hire nearby at: Tissington Trail and Manifold Valley and Carsington Water. All have websites with more info.
1 August 2017|
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Response from NationalTrustPeak | Property representative |
Hello Paul, you can contact us on 01335 350503, this is the National Trust estate office for Dovedale and Ilam Park.
4 July 2017|
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Response from Fivestarsalltheway | Reviewed this property |
I'd google it. " Best way via train to Derbyshire ". It'll come up with a good answer.