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Parked at Ilam very reasonable but think you need to be here early can see it getting really busy... read more

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Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
Typical Peak District river valley

Plentiful parking costing £3 for the day, toilets and refreshment hut in car park. Short walk to... read more

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Sara L
Margate, United Kingdom
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Thorpe, Ashbourne DE6 2AY, England
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Reviewed today

Parked at Ilam very reasonable but think you need to be here early can see it getting really busy .lovely walk along the river to the stepping stones went across and back as you must .carried on a long wonderful walk past caves and fantastic...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Plentiful parking costing £3 for the day, toilets and refreshment hut in car park. Short walk to river and the famous stepping stones. Wide shallow stream ideal for children to paddle in but beware the dogs love it too. Walk further up the river past...More

1  Thank Sara L
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We had the best time. It’s such a beautiful walk with lots of places to stop & enjoy a picnic. It’s £3 for the car park. Be aware if your following a Sat Nav there’s absolutely no phone signal whatsoever as soon you reach Ilam...More

1  Thank Becka23
Reviewed 5 days ago

Set of at 8 am parked at ILAM and walked to Dovedale over the fields, what amazing views we saw through fields to Dovedale once there walked be the river to the stepping stones was amazing the dog loved it as well, well worth going.

1  Thank Jane H
Reviewed 6 days ago

Beautiful surroundings, great place for dogs and plenty of space for picnics. Always a great place to be whatever the weather. Great place for photos and easy walking terrain.

Thank Colin F
Reviewed 6 days ago

I did not complete the entire national trust valley walk, but my husband did. I thoroughly enjoyed what I completed though, which was about two miles either way. I returned to Lovers Leap, and sat on the grass people watching until my husband arrived back....More

Thank Riverdaffyd
Reviewed 6 days ago

Lovely walk from Dovedale to Milldale and back.National Trust carpark at Dovedale end-follow the signs.Take away coffee,ice-cream,cake place and toilets near the car park.Excellent local ice cream.Lots of wildlife to see en route.Tiny shop at Milldale selling drinks,sweets,cake and sandwiches.Nice shady place for you and...More

Thank Liz H
Reviewed 6 days ago

A lovely walk thru the valley with my Nikon camera. Stunning secenery. My first visit since the early seventies and will definitely visit again.

Thank 58Smiggy7657
Reviewed 6 days ago

From the kids and dogs playing in the river to great walks through stunning scenery and plenty of ice cream along the way. We'll be back!

1  Thank Juliet H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Walked from Tissington trail, via the Old Dog at Thorpe to arrive at the stepping stones Dovedale. Stunning

1  Thank Carol G
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Chyanne K
14 May 2018|
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Response from Cotonboy | Reviewed this property |
10 May 2018|
Response from welshmannottingham | Reviewed this property |
Hi, from the bottom car park it is a relatively flat footpath to the stones. There is a small bridge to navigate from the car park, approximately 3 steps up and down and single file bridge. Apart from that it’s a nice gentle... More
Jenny W
7 May 2018|
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Response from NationalTrustPeak | Property representative |
Dovedale is a great place for walking your dog with lovely views to enjoy along the whole route. We do ask for dogs to be kept on a lead because there's livestock in the area and they're particularly vulnerable at this time... More