Ilam Park
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Ilam Park is cared for by the National Trust and offers space to play and explore, woodland walks and far reaching views towards Dovedale and Thorpe Cloud. The visitor centre, toilets, shop and tea-room are open daily throughout the year. Ilam Park welcomes dogs on leads all year round. Pay and display car park on site - Free parking for National Trust members.
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  • karen
    127 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    stunning !!!
    what gem of a place absolutely beautiful peaceful beautiful scenery we were blown away ! we used to go to the stepping stones but no-more it's become a horrible place ( sadly) over crowded with huge Asian families taking in camping equipment and everything bar the kitchen sink leaving it looking a right tip. ontop of that cheekily charged 20p to use the loo which to be honest I wouldn't mind if they were lovely and clean but nope they are disgusting filthy full of spiders n cobwebs. we will definitely stick to visit ilam park and walking around this area and down by the river.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 July 2023
  • Carol G
    Derby, United Kingdom325 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice walks
    Staying nearby so took my dog here for a walk on 2 of the days. Plenty of parking and free for National Trust members but be aware if you are not a member. You will need to take some coins (£5 for 4 hours) with you as whilst it says you can pay by card at the Welcome Hut there was no-one manning it when I went. Lovely scenery and nice walks but ruined on the 2nd day by another visitor who had his two dogs loose and they hassled my dog who is quite reactive. He did try to recall one but it took him 5 to 6 times before it worked and then even after they had took a different path, the other one came down and followed us.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 July 2023
  • LymeRegisfans
    Manchester, United Kingdom231 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A hidden gem
    A National Trust managed area. It costs £5 to park your car but free to members. On the morning we visited it was raining so didn’t see the place at it’s best. There was lots of staff, tea room (excellent for sheltering), toilets, afternoon opening food outlet, outdoor seating, amazing views and opportunity to explore this amazing unspoilt place. The grounds are set in a hall which is an active youth hostel. Easy to spend an hour or all day walking by the river. Would have been perfect on a sunny day.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 July 2023
  • Michael B
    Wakefield, United Kingdom473 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Delightful
    Truly, we were not expecting the vistas from this site. We were staying on a short break at nearby Blore Hall (our first visit) and they were quite stunning. It was not conducive to "heavy" walking from our perspective as because of the extremely heavy rains we had ruled that out, but we managed the walk alongside the river and to the lovely church. We hope to return in more clement times.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 February 2024
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Michael B
Wakefield, UK473 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Truly, we were not expecting the vistas from this site. We were staying on a short break at nearby Blore Hall (our first visit) and they were quite stunning. It was not conducive to "heavy" walking from our perspective as because of the extremely heavy rains we had ruled that out, but we managed the walk alongside the river and to the lovely church. We hope to return in more clement times.
Written 1 February 2024
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Charles_and_Susan
Nottingham, UK7,170 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We'd had the necessary coffee and scone at yhe cafe here and walked to the stepping stones and back. After a sandwich and a cuppa we did some exploring around the park. It has several paths to enjoy.
Written 30 January 2024
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The Wellbeing Gamer
Cannock, UK876 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
A new year's day outing that was simply stunning. Who would have thought you can picnic on January 1st.

Amazing walk, highly recommend!
Written 2 January 2024
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Local Person
Ashbourne, UK45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Beautiful hidden gem, with lots of Christmas decorations and games. Tearoom was lovely, enjoyed the veggie pasties and the view from the window was great.
Written 9 December 2023
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Charles_and_Susan
Nottingham, UK7,170 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
This is a good setting off point for a Dove Valley walk and, as it's National Trust, the car park is free to members and there's the obligatory cafe too.
Written 19 October 2023
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mandy b
Leicester, UK60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Another lovely afternoon wondering around the estate. Great views and a peaceful setting by the river dove. Oh and a great National Trust rea room too.
Written 17 September 2023
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ali
Welwyn Garden City, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
First visit and truly spectacular with great views and a tea shop! The kids loved playing hide and seek, climbing trees, playing Pooh sticks off the bridge and playing in the turrets on the lawn. Today they had archery until 4pm and a small paddock set up with a few activities for children like croquet, badminton and dominoes. We will definitely be returning!
Written 7 August 2023
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LymeRegisfans
Manchester, UK231 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
A National Trust managed area. It costs £5 to park your car but free to members. On the morning we visited it was raining so didn’t see the place at it’s best. There was lots of staff, tea room (excellent for sheltering), toilets, afternoon opening food outlet, outdoor seating, amazing views and opportunity to explore this amazing unspoilt place. The grounds are set in a hall which is an active youth hostel. Easy to spend an hour or all day walking by the river. Would have been perfect on a sunny day.
Written 24 July 2023
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Carol G
Derby, UK325 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Staying nearby so took my dog here for a walk on 2 of the days. Plenty of parking and free for National Trust members but be aware if you are not a member. You will need to take some coins (£5 for 4 hours) with you as whilst it says you can pay by card at the Welcome Hut there was no-one manning it when I went.
Lovely scenery and nice walks but ruined on the 2nd day by another visitor who had his two dogs loose and they hassled my dog who is quite reactive. He did try to recall one but it took him 5 to 6 times before it worked and then even after they had took a different path, the other one came down and followed us.
Written 7 July 2023
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karen
127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
what gem of a place absolutely beautiful peaceful beautiful scenery we were blown away ! we used to go to the stepping stones but no-more it's become a horrible place ( sadly) over crowded with huge Asian families taking in camping equipment and everything bar the kitchen sink leaving it looking a right tip. ontop of that cheekily charged 20p to use the loo which to be honest I wouldn't mind if they were lovely and clean but nope they are disgusting filthy full of spiders n cobwebs. we will definitely stick to visit ilam park and walking around this area and down by the river.
Written 4 July 2023
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