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Dovedale

Thorpe, Ashbourne DE6 2AY, England
+44 1335 350503
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Absolutely beautiful

Plenty of parking, and only £3 for the whole day so very reasonable. The scenery as you walk along... read more

Reviewed today
AmandaHagger
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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Simply Beautiful

A lovely 6 mile walk. Refreshments available in Mill Dale as well as good public conveniences. But... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
stuart p
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Leeds, 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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“stepping stones” (582 reviews)
“thorpe cloud” (169 reviews)
“car park” (331 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Thorpe, Ashbourne DE6 2AY, England
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+44 1335 350503
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Reviewed today via mobile

Plenty of parking, and only £3 for the whole day so very reasonable. The scenery as you walk along is absolutely stunning, and then after about 20 mins you reach the famous stepping stones. I was able to get a photo of my girls (&...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A lovely 6 mile walk. Refreshments available in Mill Dale as well as good public conveniences. But make sure the ducks don't steal your sandwiches if you stop for a picnic.

Thank stuart p
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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 5 days ago

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
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Reviewed 1 week 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
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Reviewed 1 week 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
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Reviewed 1 week 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
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Reviewed 1 week 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
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Reviewed 1 week 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
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Reviewed 1 week 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
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Chyanne K
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Stace76
10 May 2018|
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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
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Jenny W
6 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
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