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“Very scenic”
Review of Dovedale

Ranked #1 of 25 things to do in Ashbourne
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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. Dovedale valley is owned and cared for by the National Trust, with important woodlands, wildflower meadows and impressive limestone rock features throughout the valley. Please note; there is a privately owned car park a short and easy walk from the famous Stepping Stones. This is not a National Trust car park. The nearest National Trust car park is a mile away at Ilam Park, where National Trust member can park for free. 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.
Reviewed 18 July 2014

£2.50 to park. Toilets.

Short walk to river and then along to the stepping stones. Stunning landscape. Went on a weekday later in afternoon. Blessed with glorious weather too. Didn't cross the stones but would have liked to stayed longer.

Spent an hour or so back by the river, eating an ice cream (highly recommended). Feet being nibbled by a mummy duck together with her five naughty ducklings who also insisted on nibbling my feet in the hope of a crumb or two. Don't be fooled they go to every new visitor who returns back to their car but so cute :-)

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Reviewed 15 July 2014

Very pretty, but a popular tourist spot, so not for those wanting to escape people. There were what seemed like 3 school trips there the day we visited and they took over, especially in the cave and also a bridge for their lunch, which we felt was inconsiderate - so it limited our enjoyment and ability to take in the scenery and take photos without having lots of people in them so we left earlier than planned and probably didn't benefit from taking in everything this place offered as well as we'd wanted to. Parking cost £2.50, a guide map cost £1 - £2. There was somewhere to get a drink/snack & toilet facilities at the entrance/car park. We also felt it would have benefited from some bins along the route - especially as dog walkers.

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Reviewed 13 July 2014

Utterly timeless: a beautiful walk through a steep sided valley/ravine, lush with verdant trees clinging to its banks. This really was a very pleasurable day indeed, and something I'd been meaning to do for a long time. We drove down via stop-offs in Buxton and Arbor Low and parked at the northern end of the valley at the sublime Milldale. A beautiful dingly dell of a place with great scenery and the only noise coming from the river and birdsong, perfect! We then walked across the pack horse bridge and the ~3 miles south to the car park at the other end of the valley, stopping for lunch on the way, and to explore our surroundings, caves, the stunning views, the tranquility (it was a weekday before the summer break), the wildlife, the flora, and of course those stepping stones. Before returning northward back to beautiful Milldale and hence home. Highly recommended!

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Reviewed 8 July 2014

We visited this area at the weekend and had a fantastic day.

We parked at Ilam Hall, which was only £4.50 for the whole day-however it's free to park here for National Trust members. Then we walked from Ilam across the fields, to the stepping stones and all around the surrounding area.

Highly recommended walk!

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Reviewed 7 July 2014

went to spend an afternoon away from it all and wasn't disappointed. car park at Dovedale could be missed coming from Ashbourne as signage was more prominent for pub/hotel. then because it is quite a way down you start to think you,ve missed it or taken a wrong turning - but keep going car park at very end of lane. parking fee man was helpful and suggested staying on tarmac/surfaced path down to the stepping stones which is what we had come specifically to see. lovely easy walk - even for oldies like us - try and go either at start or end of day as more peaceful. I am still visiting it in my mind as a sort of stress escape :) hut near carpark serves ice creams/paninis and drinks. toilets are available - not great but better than nothing. only minus for me is big magnet for people with dogs. most were very well behaved but as I,m not a particular dog lover just needed to keep a watchful eye for them bounding up to say hello.

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