Dovedale
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9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
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9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
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9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
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9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
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9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
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9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
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9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
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About
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. Dovedale is a National Nature Reserve that is owned and cared for by the National Trust, with important woodlands, wildflower meadows and impressive limestone rock features throughout the valley. Dovedale and Ilam Park car parks are free to National Trust members and non-members will need to pay £3.50 for up to 4 hours and £5 for all day. Please park safely and responsibly and there is no overnight parking allowed. 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. BBQs/campfires/camping are not allowed as they are a severe risk to the health and safety of wildlife and other people. Please respect and protect Dovedale and leave no trace of your visit by taking all of your litter home with you. Thank you.
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  • Carolyn W
    St. Albans, United Kingdom14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful haven
    Awesome place, apart from the crowds! However, you are rewarded by the beauty of the place. Take a picnic if its a nice day. Great place to walk by running water, at your leisure. Loved it.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 May 2023
  • Paradise768054
    8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Start collecting your pound coins today!
    Amazing scenery! It was very busy the day we were there. You need £7 in pound coins to park (i know?!?) +20p in change if you want to use the loo. Get there early for a space in the car park. I really think National Trust could make the whole process much less stressful by introducing card payments. I am writing this in May 2023!! It is a short but steep clamber up to thorpe cloud. Very sad to see litter left in this beautiful national park.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 May 2023
  • Peej M
    Oxford, United Kingdom278 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best peak walks
    Dovedale is always well worth a visit. If you're a national trust member you can park in the NT car park for free, and usually pick up a coffee and a cake in their mobile cafe van. The walk itself is well maintained but be prepared to get your feet wet on rainy days. When we went the stepping stones were flooded (with the NT posting warning signs to say so) but we still made it across the river to complete the walk. Dovedale is full of amazing rock formations and lots of nature, a great place to get killer selfies and pics. Walking right along the trail you'll find a beautiful village at the end (and if you're lucky you can pick up refreshments there). We loved this walk. Parking can get busy, bit miffed you have to pay for the loos (that's par for the course everywhere in the Peaks or so it seems) and sometimes thoughtless dog walkers seem to think the dog poo bag fairies will clean up after their messes but don't let that put you off.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Tracey
    England, United Kingdom5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning scenery
    A beautiful place with breathtaking scenery and lovely walks. My experience was however spoilt by absolutely disgusting toilets. Not sure who is responsible but £5:00 to park plus 20p to visit the toilets in that state is an absolute disgrace.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 August 2023
  • Jim the dog
    Birmingham, United Kingdom27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Avoid ice cream in car park - vegan disgusting
    Great area best to get there early and I would avoid weekends. The car park area - used to be a great little place selling all sorts of ice cream. Now you can have a vegan ice cream for nearly £4. Avoid at all costs. Why cater for 2-3% of people. See proper Ice cream. !!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 15 September 2023
  • chezbb
    Cambridge, United Kingdom12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Scenic beauty but don’t visit with kids.
    Rated 5 for the beauty. Unfortunately the experience was more a 2 due to flood damage. Both sides of river flooded but passable if you don’t mind wet feet. Diversion Route around Thorpe cloud like a bog and impassable with younger children. Our two, 8 and 6, loved the scrambling over the rocks but didn’t enjoy when the water got deeper so we couldn’t get much further. I’d give it a miss until late spring.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 February 2024
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chezbb
Cambridge, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Rated 5 for the beauty.
Unfortunately the experience was more a 2 due to flood damage.
Both sides of river flooded but passable if you don’t mind wet feet.
Diversion Route around Thorpe cloud like a bog and impassable with younger children.
Our two, 8 and 6, loved the scrambling over the rocks but didn’t enjoy when the water got deeper so we couldn’t get much further.
I’d give it a miss until late spring.
Written 24 February 2024
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Tracey G
Halesowen, UK2,077 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
A good walk up to stepping stones. Very muddy due to all the rain and snow.
Stones closed probably due to high water level
Fascinating the clothes especially footwear that some people have!
Written 15 February 2024
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Derbyshirewalker76
Crich, UK205 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
The National Trust should close the site. Only go if you want to see the natural beauty of the Peak District being destroyed.

The stepping stones are impassable due to the flooding. The path was flooded when we were there.

This was causing people to walk up the other side to the river. If you know the site the river comes very close to the river with a steep rocky side slope. Not to bad if you are fit and confident, not so great to the younger for older visitor. Ideal way to generate work for the local mountain rescue team, I say two people slip over in the 30Mins we were there.

The National Trust were doing nothing to prevent damage. The £5 parking fee, £5 for your coffee and 20p to have a pee is more important to them than your safety of the safety of the environment.
Written 26 November 2023
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Pat B
Macclesfield, UK7 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Dovedale is lovely if you go at a quiet time (challenging), and if you go just a short way beyond the stepping stones or start at the Milldale end. But shame on the National Trust for charging 20p for using the loos at the Thorpe Cloud end (or it might be Peak Park who own the loos), when you've already had to pay for the car park. This is the 'national trust' (or Peak Park) that is meant to encourage people to enjoy the treasures of the UK. Although other reviews suggest you can get into the loos for free anyway (just push through the turnstile?), we didn't know this and I simply hung on; I don't carry change on me in general, and especially not when going for a walk - what century are the loo owners in? This stupid 20p for the loo policy could utterly spoil the visit for a family, or encourage people to use the 'free outdoor toilet'.
Written 10 November 2023
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Deborah R
14 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The place is stunning! A beautiful place to visit…..however don’t go if there has been a very high amount of rain. You can’t go over the stepping stones if the rainfall has been high and people were accessing the walks by going the other side of the river which was highly dangerous as I found out! Having never been before I assumed, as people were going that way and the National Trust were allowing it that all was ok. I got so far, the rocky path turned into a muddy slope, I slipped and fell and ended up feet and legs first in the river! I had Regatta waking boots on but they didn’t help! I have badly hurt my leg and knee, a miracle that I didn’t break my leg! The National Trust should not of allowed any visitor on site. The main path also had some flooding. It was £5 to park and 20p to use the toilet! Wasn’t the £5 enough! There were National Trust staff there so they should have shut the site. Also I bought one can of drink and 2 small bars of chocolate from their food truck, nearly £5! Visit in the summer but not Autumn and Winter. I would advise good shoes and a trekking pole. I saw other people fall after me. I’m very disappointed in the National Trust.
Written 1 November 2023
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Wanderer A
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Visited a number of times over the years as such a beautiful place but not for last few years.
WOW what a difference ! is this what is to come to all our British beauty spots ! Huge gangs/family’s of 20+ people loaded with rugs/pots & pans/shisha pipes bbqs the latter two supposedly prohibited. We arrived at the stepping stones after enduring our walk up there ! oh my god I have never seen anything like it!
Shisha pipes going ,tents everywhere and I mean hundreds,rubbish all over ,people climbing up every hill side the damage done in years to come to the place I can’t even imagine.
Not sure what can be done by the national trust but they need to think fast !!
Written 29 September 2023
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Jim the dog
Birmingham, UK27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Great area best to get there early and I would avoid weekends.
The car park area - used to be a great little place selling all sorts of ice cream. Now you can have a vegan ice cream for nearly £4. Avoid at all costs. Why cater for 2-3% of people. See proper Ice cream. !!
Written 15 September 2023
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GingerLadies
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Dovedale is absolutely stunning. So peaceful and beautiful. We went on a Friday morning and didn’t see anyone else until we were heading back to the car about midday.

Would definitely recommend checking it out.
Written 8 September 2023
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Mix V
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Dovedale is a disaster waiting to happen. People climbing the mountains with large rocks nearly missing people head. Witnessed a small rock hitting a poor young child. Seen delinquents rolling rocks from the top of the mountain. If those rocks hit anyone it's game over for that person. Multiple barbecues being held on site with people smoking shishas. No security on site. No signs of any rangers in site. Litter everywhere. A disaster waiting to happen from what I saw today
Written 3 September 2023
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Dan C
Shenstone, UK16 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Saddened and dismayed to see what has become of one of Derbyshires most stunning areas of natural beauty. Don’t come here if you are expecting a peaceful walk in the countryside. The place is now overrun with people and if it were not for the lovely scenery you could just as easily be walking around any modern British town centre. Others who remember Dovedale for what is was will know what I’m taking about. A microcosm of what has happened to this country in general.
Written 28 August 2023
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