Dovedale, spectacular limestone gorge between Derbyshire and Staffordshire
Dovedale is the name given to the section of the Dove valley between Milldale and Thorpe Cloud on the bounday between Derbyshire and Staffordshire. Famous for its scenery and fishing.
Dovedale and Thorpe Cloud
Below Ilam Rock the valley narrows, and the path even has a short stretch where duck-boards have been erected to save walkers from having to wade the river. Then it opens out again and high on the left lies Reynard's Cave, a large cave with a natural arch in front. From the cave you have a fine view of the Dale.
The view is superb, with Dovedale laid out below you, Alstonefield on the northern horizon and Ilam Hall clearly visible to the west. On the north side of the hill the deep-cut valley of Lindale descends to the Dove and at their junction are the famous stepping-stones which thousands of visitors use each year to start their trip up the valley. This is not a place to come on a summer Sunday unless you like crowds!
Dovedale and Thorpe Cloud Photo Gallery - click on the images to enlarge- Click Here for a slide show
How to get there
take the A515 Buxton road out of Ashbourne and turn left to Thorpe after 2km. Follow the road through Thorpe, cross the bridge over the River Dove and turn right to the privately owned car park (charge of approximately 2). To reach Milldale, continue north about 10km from Ashbourne and turn left to Alstonefield. After crossing the river, turn left again to Milldale. Restricted pay and display parking.
By Bus: the 443 bus from Ashbourne will take you to past the Thorpe Cloud and the entrance to Dovedale. The 441 bus from Hartington goes to Milldale at the top end of Dovedale - this connects with the 442 Buxton-Ashbourne bus.
When is it open?
National Trust access land. No restrictions.
Useful links:Fish on the Dove in Beresford Fishery Beresford Fishery manage the fishing rights on the River Dove on Beresford Dale. Day fishing licences are available.
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