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Stepping stones Dovedale

Dovedale is owned by the National Trust and farmed with many sheep on the rocky slopes and in the woods. Dovedale is one of Derbyshire's finest and most popular dales. It is little more than 3 miles distance between Thorpe to the south of the dale and Milldale in the north with the famous part being the wooded ravine between the stepping stones, a short distance from the car park at the front of Thorpe Cloud and the cave like Dove Holes. Dovedale's stepping stones appear on thousands of post cards and the area attracts a million visitors a year.

Explore the local market towns of Ashbourne, Bakewell, Leek and Matlock. They all have a wealth of interesting buildings, churches and shops.

The wonderful landscape of Dovedale and the Peak District National Park is a paradise for walkers, cyclists and lovers of other outdoor activities.



Ilam Park, on the banks of the river Manifold with excellent views, Italian gardens and a walk along an avenue of lime trees called Paradise Walk. There are 158 acres of park managed by the National Trust, a shop, information centre and tea rooms.

Ilam Hall


Cycling and mountain biking are very popular due to the miles of cycle routes along the country lands and former railway lines. Converted former railway lines such as the TISSINGTON TRAIL, HIGH PEAK TRAIL, and the MANIFOLD TRAIL also short sections of the MONSAL TRAIL offer safe traffic-free cycling along relatively level tracks across the most stunning countryside with fabulous views. Cycle hire centres operate at Mapleton (near Ashbourne), Parsley Hay (near Hartington) and Middleton Top (near Wirksworth). TISSINGTON and PARSLEY HAY have tea rooms

The Manifold Valley

A beautiful river valley . Part of the valley is a cycle track and there is a visitor centre at Old Hulme End Station.

Thor’s cave is in a prominent spur 350 ft above the river and can be seen for miles around.  There have been many objects of archaeological interest found here showing it to be inhabited by early man and prehistoric animals.  The entrance is 60 ft wide and you can scramble to its entrance, climb through it and admire the view.

thors cave



And additionally...

We are ideally located to visit some of the country's favourite stately homes where many of our recent period dramas and films have been set. Visit nearby Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, Sudbury Hall, Kedleston Hall, Calke Abbey or Hardwick Hall..

dovedale barn