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Better out of the high season.

Great walk but better out of the high season as it gets busy. Only had to wait for a few minutes to... read more

Reviewed today
Charles C
Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
Lovely walk along the river

Had a bit of a problem finding it with our satnav and there is no signal near by to check if you... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Tim D
Worcester, United Kingdom
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Thorpe, Ashbourne DE6 2AY, England
+44 1335 350503
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Reviewed today

Great walk but better out of the high season as it gets busy. Only had to wait for a few minutes to cross the stepping stones as people were having photos taken. We walked from Alsop-en-le Dale to Milldale, then along Dovedale south to Thorpe...More

Thank Charles C
Reviewed 3 days ago

Had a bit of a problem finding it with our satnav and there is no signal near by to check if you are a bit lost. Parking is £3 for the day.

Thank Tim D
Reviewed 5 days ago

A lovely place for a walk but it gets very busy, especially in the nice weather. £3 to park the car but if you don't mind a longer walk you can park for free up at Thorpe near The Old Dog. The steping stones across...More

Thank Darryl J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We used the car park which costs a heafty £3. The walk to the stepping stones is only 10 minutes. That’s all we did as it was raining, but the scenery is lovely. Worth doing. There are WC’s and a food place in the car...More

Thank jw6969
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful place. A short 10 minute walk from the car park (grab an ice cream for the journey) gets you to the iconic stepping stones. It can get busy but very nice and a great view from the top of the hill,...More

Thank filhart
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great walk 6 miles there and back, some nice wildlife to be enjoyed it wasn't for the constant stream of dogs running loose of the lead. There are signs on every gate you go through that dogs must be kept on a lead,but hardly anyone...More

Thank williamhill3rd
Reviewed 1 week ago

Dovedale is a stunning Peak District valley - though it does get very crowded on weekends. Advise going mid-week or out of season.

Thank 923Dan
Reviewed 1 week ago

On the Derbyshire Staffordshire border small car park for travellers lovely easy walks for those with difficulty walking to some stepping stones and beyond. For those more able extra walks along the river Dove and up the hillsides with great views Very romantic area

Thank Angela H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful river valley walk with interesting geological features sadly none of which are explained in the £1 National Trust pamphlet you are encouraged to buy at the outset. Ruined slightly only by the large numbers of other walkers (us not included of course 😉)

Thank PJAL47
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked from the Dovedale car park up to Milldale and then round and back. We left the car park at around 10.30am and got back around 3pm, on the way the trail was very quiet but on the way back it was a lot...More

Thank charlotte09109
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25 August 2018|
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Response from Hugh B | Reviewed this property |
There are some located at the carpark. I didn't use them so can't comment on the condition. I gather that it costs 20p to use them.
1 August 2018|
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Response from MR19702602 | Reviewed this property |
It’s certainly walkable even for someone with difficulty. The route is flat and well pathed.
Clare L
27 July 2018|
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Response from NationalTrustPeak | Property representative |
You're very welcome to take a picnic to Dovedale as there's lots of scenery to enjoy while you relax. We just ask that you help us to keep Dovedale special by taking your litter home with you and not having a barbecue (due... More