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“A lovely place to visit..”
Review of Dovedale

Dovedale
Ranked #1 of 26 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 30 August 2014

Parking is £2.50 for the day.. a lovely walk along the river with our dogs..3 miles to a resting point where you can sit with the ducks and have a cuppa and a pasty from a little house that sells..then you can turn back and walk back to the stepping stones, passing lots of interesting sights...the Dove Holes, the Lion Head Rock.. it was lovely...

Thank NavyBoyMum
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Reviewed 29 August 2014

Did the smaller walk about 5 miles. Great scenery but part of the walk is very steep and can be a little hazardous if wet underfoot.

Thank Darrelldebb
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Reviewed 29 August 2014

Car park charge is £2.50. By the car park there are toilets, which are not particularly clean, and a cafe that serves hot food, drinks and ice cream. About two minutes walk along the trail there is a National Trust hut selling merchandise and maps, the gentleman working there was very friendly and gave some good hints!

The area around the stepping stones was very busy when we visited with lots of families picnicking and playing in the water, which looks very clean.

Walks after this area are less crowded, especially if you make the climb up Thorpe Cloud, which is steep but the views are worth it!

Thank Bekka_13
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Reviewed 28 August 2014

We went to this place unsure as to what we would be facing. Aside from the absolute beauty of the place, I can't help but support a reviewer who marked this down because of some issues you come across. Dog fouling and irresponsible owners are absolutely rife. Picnicking and not clearing up afterwards prevalent. People running/jogging the route and forcing walkers out of the way and in some parts compromising safety.

No wardens patrolling the area, people walking the route with begging buckets for whatever cause, children running amok and causing a safety issues on the stepping stones and along the route. Following on from this you have cyclists on mountain bikes. Some of the trail is unsuitable for this activity as is jogging. I am an avid supporter of outdoor activities and people enjoying a beautiful place such as this.

It is for the most part a place of natural beauty however, it is being abused and destroyed due to the place not being adequately policed/patrolled - my scoring is for the stunning view of the place - I marked it down because the National Trust are failing to protect the place

1  Thank Steve A
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Reviewed 26 August 2014

Excellent views. easily accessible. Everyone loved it. Best part is my old mother with knee problem managed to walk the entire path. The cafe in the car park is nice . Bathrooms in the car park could be more cleaner.

Thank northolt123
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