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Thorpe, Ashbourne DE6 2AY, England
+44 1335 350503
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We enjoyed a lovely walk from Ilam to Milldale. Shop with coffee and snacks at Milldale, also... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Helen G
Reliving childhood memories

Visited Dovedale whilst spending a weekend in Derbyshire. I hadn't visited since I was a child and... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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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 4 days ago

We enjoyed a lovely walk from Ilam to Milldale. Shop with coffee and snacks at Milldale, also toilets.

Thank Helen G
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Visited Dovedale whilst spending a weekend in Derbyshire. I hadn't visited since I was a child and it was lovely to see the Stepping Stones again. It is an area of absolute beauty and perfect for a walk with magnificent surroundings.

Thank Krussincov
Reviewed 5 days ago

Having visited Dove Dale this time last year my friend Peter and I decide to walk to the village of Milldale at the head of Dove Dale from the Hartington end this time instead of from Ilam and Thorpe through Dove Dale as we had...More

Thank Bob F
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We visited Dovedale with our 6 month old daughter it’s a beautiful spot and great walking along the river, even managed to get across the stepping stones easily and it wasn’t to busy. Highly recommend for a good walk, and beautiful scenery. If taking a...More

Thank Kate V
Reviewed 6 days ago

Spent an afternoon here enjoying the Dale. Very busy - many many people there, car park was rammed. Cars were parked along the roads too, partly I guess because of the busyness of the car park, but possibly because of the car parking fee? The...More

Thank Campagnolo39-53
Reviewed 6 days ago

After dropping kids off at Alton Towers, myself and my wife wanted somewhere to go in the area. We had already decided to go for a walk in Dovedale, but we drove there via Ashbourne Visitor Centre. Easily found, just north of Ashbourne and a...More

Thank Mark P
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you don't see anything else in the peak district you must visit Dovedale and the stepping stones. We took a route across from a nearby country park across several fields with cattle and sheep and walked back along the road. Next time I intend...More

Thank pennyrColchester
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great valley to walk up and of course see the famous stepping stones. It is 3 miles approx from end to end and if you walk fast you can do it in an hour! However just enjoy the scenery and wildlife.

Thank Paul A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Gorgeous circular route with a steep bit in the middle. Perfect for the dogs who could nip in the water for a drink and cool down. Loved the stepping stones. Definitely worth the visit.

Thank Alexandria F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A touch of heaven fallen from the sky Tranquil and very beautiful , great for the kids , great eatery very friendly staff we aim to return very soon .....

1  Thank lesley056
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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.
3 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.