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Dovedale

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Address: Thorpe, Ashbourne DE6 2AY, England
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+44 1335 350503
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The National Trust is a registered charity. With your help, we protect some...

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.

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Beautiful, stunning location for hard or easy walking

This is one of England's most spectacular places. Its easy to get to and easy to park. There are very easy walks along the river, suitable for virtually everyone, although... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Nottingham
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39 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is one of England's most spectacular places. Its easy to get to and easy to park. There are very easy walks along the river, suitable for virtually everyone, although there are the famous stepping stones across the river dove, you can use a bridge at the start of the walk near to the car park if you dont like... More 

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Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

At least once a month we take a trip with our dog for a walk at dovedale and during the summer it's perfect for a picnic too.. try to avoid bank holidays and sunny weekend as it can get very busy and parking can be a struggle. Whether you fancy a leisurely stroll along the river or a steep hike... More 

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Thank pixienesh
Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We have been going to Dovedale for over 30 years now. Its a great place for couples and families to visit. A climb up Thorpe Cloud is great fun if you are fit. Keep a close eye on children, even teenagers, as there are many dangers in Dovedale. Thors Cave is huge, you could fit a small house inside it.... More 

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Thank Waylon S
Derbyshire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A lovely picturesque place to wander, with the grandchildren. Walk as long or short as you like alongside the river.

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Kent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Having grown up in the area and now living way. It is always a lovely sentimental walk alongside the river to the stepping stones. We do visit regularly. Memories of my son falling off the stones into the cold water one Christmas time make me giggle, he was unhurt but his pride wasn't! That is now unlikely to happen (well... More 

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Thank enbonespoyr
Leeds, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did the 2 hour round trip to the cave and back and it was simply beautiful :-) we saw lovely wildlife and enjoyed a really gentle stroll in the valley :-) perfect day out.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Take a pair of decent shoes and prepare for a bit of a walk to get to the start depending on your car park but Dovedale is well worth spending a good 1/2 a day in for those that enjoy countryside walks. Can get busy during peak times and expect to queue if you want to use the stepping stones... More 

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holland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Car parks seem to get very busy. Vast majority of walkers seem to get only as far as stepping stones (10-15 mins each way) - beware they were treacherous in icy conditions, so take the right-hand stream bank to avoid crossing congestion there. Press on way beyond the stones for a continued lovely walk. We actually parked up at nearby... More 

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Leek, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely love this place we come regularly with the kids and dog beautiful scenery and great walks and the kids love the stepping stones.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stayed a lodge Ashbourne, Dovedale was not far at all, easy to get too with some great country roads, visited Dovedale and walked for a few hours, great views, would recommend anyone going.

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