Dovedale

Dovedale, Ashbourne: Hours, Address, Dovedale Reviews: 4.5/5

National Parks • Nature & Wildlife Areas • Geologic Formations • Valleys
9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
About
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. Dovedale is a National Nature Reserve that is owned and cared for by the National Trust, with important woodlands, wildflower meadows and impressive limestone rock features throughout the valley. Dovedale and Ilam Park car parks are free to National Trust members and non-members will need to pay £3.50 for up to 4 hours and £5 for all day. Please park safely and responsibly and there is no overnight parking allowed. 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. BBQs/campfires/camping are not allowed as they are a severe risk to the health and safety of wildlife and other people. Please respect and protect Dovedale and leave no trace of your visit by taking all of your litter home with you. Thank you.
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1-2 hours
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Vickvanb
Ottery St. Mary, UK294 contributions
Lovely scenery but busy
Aug 2021
We visited here which enjoying a few days in Derbyshire. We're National Trust members so car parking was free for us but it was so busy and we were lucky to get a car parking space. You had to pay 20p to use the toilets. We walked to the stepping stones and back but the wait for the stones was quite long but we managed to get across them and back later on. Lovely scenery but just really busy at peak times.
Written 18 September 2021
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Wendy L
Stafford, UK52 contributions
Lovely area, no benches to sit on
Sep 2021 • Couples
We were looking forward to our walk as it had been about 10 years since being here. A bit disappointed that the National Trust had taken over the stepping stones car park and as usual car parking prices at a premium. £5 all day or £3 for 4 hours. Had to still pay to use the toilets too as these are owned by the Peak National park. There was a kiosk selling drinks, food, ice cream but no benches provided at the car park. We walked all along to Milldale and saw one bench to sit on. It was lovely alongside the river and would have been even better if there was a bench or two to have enjoyed the views. Only one shop at Milldale too for refreshments.
Written 6 September 2021
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Julie H
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Our countryside gone mad
Sep 2021 • Family
Haven’t visited beautiful dove dale for a few years , went with my family for what I thought would be a quite walk , my goodness what a shock we got . It was as busy as a high street on a Saturday !! Absolutely crammed full , noisy hectic , messy what a total shame really really upsetting . I was glad to get out of it ,
Written 1 September 2021
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BreakingBrad
Hertfordshire, UK86 contributions
Pleasant, nothing more
Aug 2021 • Family
We visited the day after the Aug bank holiday so was relatively uncrowded with easy parking. Walked to Milldale (and back) which is 3 miles each way. It's certainly a pleasant walk but gets a bit boring quite quickly as there are no elevated views to speak of. Certainly wouldn't fancy it on a busy day as riverside path is quite narrow. Dogs required to be on leads is annoying but probably sensible. Nice to do once but wouldn't return.
Written 31 August 2021
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Mahima C
2 contributions
Mobility accessible!
Aug 2021 • Family
Dovedale has an accessible path for wheelchair users, I was able to use my scooter without any difficulties- the staff on site are so helpful as well .
There are disabled parking bays near the entrance- can get very busy though!
Written 24 August 2021
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Beryl R
96 contributions
Beautiful Place
Aug 2021 • Couples
Every time we visit the Peak District, we make a point of visiting this lovely place with our dog. The scenery and the river all combined make this a truly magical place. There is a £3.50 parking charge, but well worth it to enjoy this beautiful setting.
Written 18 August 2021
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NewClose123
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK157 contributions
Arrive Early
Aug 2021 • Couples
Dovedale has the potential to be part of a very pleasant walk or faintly horrible if you don’t like busy places.

Closest car park to the stepping stones opens at 9.00 or slightly earlier if the toilets are being cleaned (they open at 8.30). We were the first car in the car park, makes a BIG difference to the experience looking at how busy it was when we got back to the car at 1.30ish.

We walked a circular route taking in Stanshope and Ilam Park, about 6 miles and avoided the need to walk back through any crowds. The path through Dovedale is mostly flat a smooth with a couple of exceptions for steps (up and down) and boardwalk.

We crossed the river and took the path up to Stanshope, less flat, more gravel and a couple of stiles one of which needed the dog to be carried over (36kg of greyhound, not the most dignified).

Country road down to Ilam Park was quiet and wide enough not to feel dangerous but still a road so doing it with kids and dogs needs consideration.

By starting the walk early and it being slightly damp we saw 7 people until we got to Ilam Park and it was great.
Written 17 August 2021
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PhilipLeic
Leicester, UK1,315 contributions
Busy, but a classic Derbyshire location
Aug 2021
We have not visited here for many years (since we lived in the area and now moved away). Not much has changed and I see Dovedale and the stepping stones as a 'classic' Derbyshire location. The car park was very busy and the road to the car park is quite narrow so takes a bit of getting in and out. People try to go both ways across the stepping stones and it can get a bit frantic if people are not patient. Can walk down to stepping stones, cross over, walk on other side and return via bridge to the car park. Can also walk much further if you want a longer day out. Quite a few steps along the way. Noticed some people do seem to litter and leave remains of their picnic and make the place look messy.
Written 15 August 2021
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AviXan
Norton, UK114 contributions
Beautiful!
Aug 2021 • Family
Lovely walk and views. The walk is suitable for toddlers and children (and dogs). Really beautiful valley with areas suitable for paddling.
Written 10 August 2021
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lynne2012
Folkestone, UK148 contributions
Nice walk - can be very busy with some impatient people.
Jul 2021 • Solo
Don’t park at Dovedale end. If you can walk 5k along the river best to park at Milldale and walk to Dovedale. The path is much quieter until you get to the stones obviously then it’s a free for all. Most people are respectful of personal space but there were some very impatient people who didn’t want to wait to cross the stones and barged their way across. Much better to use the bridge at the end of the trail and get yourself an ice cream and chill out.
Written 7 August 2021
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