Dovedale Stepping Stones
Dovedale Stepping Stones
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  • Sarah C
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely walk with the dog
    Lovely walk bank holiday Sunday to millbank and back from dovedale car park. It was extremely busy when we finished at 1pm so go early to avoid crowds. A few people not adhering to keeping dogs on leads and a complete lack of dog poo bins but a very enjoyable few hours
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 April 2023
  • Just-Visiting
    Wells, United Kingdom5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking
    What beautiful part of the world! Visiting from Somerset to Derbyshire has been eye-opening. I thought we had it good down here, but boy, Derbyshire is one beautiful county. My friend told me to visit Dovedale early morning to avoid the crowds, didn't disappoint. Beautiful!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 May 2023
  • molliemoosmum
    London, United Kingdom80 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful walk
    Really lovely picturesque and fairly easy walk. It was surprisingly very busy for a weekday in early June , dread to think how many people will be here in school holidays ! Make sure you take cash there is no phone signal so card payment is not taken this includes car parking but is free for national trust members. You need 20p coins for toilets. It is well worth a visit for the stunning scenery.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 June 2023
  • Jina
    East Midlands, United Kingdom47 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Beautiful spot
    Very beautiful sport in nature . Family friendly, pet friendly and bbq free (❌not allowed) . Very much disappointing that public throwing plastic nappy bag, plastic dishes, empty crisp pack ect…. In the river. Sunday gets really busy, so please be aware of parking 🅿️ issues. National Trust’s stall sells delicious 😋 ice cream 🍦 here . Very beautiful spot for a walking lovers , picnic, hiking and nature lovers .Views are absolutely beautiful from everywhere.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 June 2023
  • John W
    15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Place - Crowed when busy
    Dovedale looks like a beautiful place and the staff from National Trust that we encountered were all friendly. National Trust members have free parking but the toilets are 20p per visit, cash is required. They have a few vans in the car park selling coffee, food and ice cream. Car park can be difficult to get out of the space if you have a long car so I would recommend not parking down the narrow areas for long cars. If you can’t walk well on uneven ground, or struggle with a steps and step inclines, I would suggest this isn’t the place for you. Getting to the stepping stones you have a flat path but after that it’s challenging and not suitable for prams or wheelchairs past the stepping stones.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 August 2023
  • Charles_and_Susan
    Nottingham, United Kingdom5,869 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely spot on the river
    It was a very quiet day when I went. I'd walked over the top from Ilam Hall but even along the river to the stepping stones was quiet. There was a group of children alongside the stones area but they were keeping to themselves - some of them in the water though. It's best to come early in the day and not weekends. As in some of the reviews it is a very popular area and can get overcrowded.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 October 2023
  • megan
    Aldershot, United Kingdom4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful walk but a few things to know before you go.
    Such a beautiful walk. The stepping stones were ‘closed’ due to rain & a broken stone, so we had to detour around a quite slippy steep hill. The views however were simply gorgeous. We paid £5 for 4 hours of parking - please be aware that it is coins only (thank you to the lovely woman who swapped her coins for our note, as there was no one working there to help with swapping currency). The detour added about an hour onto our walk, so sadly we were unable to finish the walk due to a time limit on the parking. Dogs must be kept on a lead.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 November 2023
  • Charles_and_Susan
    Nottingham, United Kingdom5,869 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A good walk, if a bit muddy
    We'd parked at Ilam Hall NT for a coffee and scone to get us going. The walk over the fields was very muddy and we went back along the road. Then we arrived at the stepping stones to find the river too high to cross. The path to them was starting to flood as well. A good walk in the countryside though.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 January 2024
  • ladybiker2012
    Malton, United Kingdom100 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome walking spot
    Incredibly cool place. We went in the pouring rain after much rain fall so it was incredibly wet and soggy and overflowing but it was still awesome 😎👍🏼 Just a few minutes walk from the car park. Would be perfect for sunny picnics and playing in the water with the kids.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 February 2024
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ladybiker2012
Malton, UK100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Incredibly cool place.

We went in the pouring rain after much rain fall so it was incredibly wet and soggy and overflowing but it was still awesome 😎👍🏼

Just a few minutes walk from the car park. Would be perfect for sunny picnics and playing in the water with the kids.
Written 15 February 2024
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Sadie G
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
What a wonderful walk! Beautiful countryside with challenging terrain that is still manageable for a family. We parked at the National Trust car park which was a great location and the staff were so kind and helpful.
Written 4 January 2024
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megan
Aldershot, UK4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Such a beautiful walk. The stepping stones were ‘closed’ due to rain & a broken stone, so we had to detour around a quite slippy steep hill. The views however were simply gorgeous.

We paid £5 for 4 hours of parking - please be aware that it is coins only (thank you to the lovely woman who swapped her coins for our note, as there was no one working there to help with swapping currency).

The detour added about an hour onto our walk, so sadly we were unable to finish the walk due to a time limit on the parking.

Dogs must be kept on a lead.
Written 17 November 2023
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Charles_and_Susan
Nottingham, UK5,869 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
It was a very quiet day when I went. I'd walked over the top from Ilam Hall but even along the river to the stepping stones was quiet. There was a group of children alongside the stones area but they were keeping to themselves - some of them in the water though.
It's best to come early in the day and not weekends. As in some of the reviews it is a very popular area and can get overcrowded.
Written 19 October 2023
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Nigel R
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
The views are amazing ,, does get really busy at weekends,, so a bit of patience is needed ,, best to go early morning
Written 8 October 2023
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Jim the dog
Birmingham, UK27 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Been a few times recently.
Let’s just say it’s changed since I started bringing my kids.
If you want a tranquil time don’t visit on a weekend, school holidays.
The place has become a trashy place. Malthus groups who congregate just by the stones. BBQs, families cooking meals,
Rude people. Friend went cold water swimming. Asian kids started throwing stones at them. Told them off and family threatened them. Car park expensive, ice cream VEGAN.

National Trust get a grip
Build a car park 2 miles away so people have to walk to it. Then the area can recover and people can enjoy it. The likes who go there now will not walk to it.
Written 15 September 2023
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Janet C
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
The walk was lovely and scenic with good paths to follow. However when it came to crossing back over the stepping stones to get back to the car park, it was dreadful. There was a very long queue to get over the stepping stones coming from the car park which kept growing as people arrived. They were all crossing the stones and those of us on the other side had no chance of getting across as they just kept coming. We were all waiting for about 20 minutes and in the end a gentleman crossed to the other side with two on a stone and asked for the queue to stop for a while so that we could take a turn. People got very angry and refused to let us cross. They just kept coming. In the end some kind people did stop to let us cross. To make matters worse it was near impossible to get out of the road leading to the car park as this was very narrow and not wide enough in places for two cars to pass each other. We were just stuck! It took at least 20 minutes just to get out of the lane with wing mirrors nearly touching and bramble bushes scraping the other side of the car as you had to drive into the hedge. With all the money National Trust must make in car parking fees they could surely widen the approach road a little, or Marshall it. Oh and it cost 20p to use the toilet. Bad luck if you don’t have a 20p coin!
Written 29 August 2023
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CurzonC56
Nottingham, UK12 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
There are some truly amazing views and scenes, and the walk was lovely but...

The car park was pay and display coins only (card payment machine not working) and the price was £7 instead of the advertised £4 on the website.
There are toilets at the car park but you have to pay to use them and they were disgusting.
There wasn't an obvious sign to show visitors which trail path is the circular route back to the car park and which trail path is the a-b route so we ended up on the wrong one and weren't the only ones as we saw a lot of people turning back as we did.
There is only one set of stepping stones which get super crowded so it's impossible to cross when you have to backtrack the in the opposite direction to the flow of people.
The stepping stones are the only way across so this walk is not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchair users or anyone who needs walking aids.
Written 15 August 2023
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John W
15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Dovedale looks like a beautiful place and the staff from National Trust that we encountered were all friendly. National Trust members have free parking but the toilets are 20p per visit, cash is required. They have a few vans in the car park selling coffee, food and ice cream. Car park can be difficult to get out of the space if you have a long car so I would recommend not parking down the narrow areas for long cars.

If you can’t walk well on uneven ground, or struggle with a steps and step inclines, I would suggest this isn’t the place for you. Getting to the stepping stones you have a flat path but after that it’s challenging and not suitable for prams or wheelchairs past the stepping stones.
Written 9 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jina
East Midlands, UK47 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Very beautiful sport in nature . Family friendly, pet friendly and bbq free (❌not allowed) .
Very much disappointing that public throwing plastic nappy bag, plastic dishes, empty crisp pack ect…. In the river. Sunday gets really busy, so please be aware of parking 🅿️ issues. National Trust’s stall sells delicious 😋 ice cream 🍦 here . Very beautiful spot for a walking lovers , picnic, hiking and nature lovers .Views are absolutely beautiful from everywhere.
Written 1 July 2023
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