Dovedale

Dovedale, Ashbourne: Hours, Address, Dovedale Reviews: 4.5/5

National Parks • Nature & Wildlife Areas • Geologic Formations • Valleys
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09:00 - 19:30
Monday
09:00 - 19:30
Tuesday
09:00 - 19:30
Wednesday
09:00 - 19:30
Thursday
09:00 - 19:30
Friday
09:00 - 19:30
Saturday
09:00 - 19:30
Sunday
09:00 - 19:30
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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Gurj S
Walsall, UK335 contributions
Apr 2022
a party of 6 decided to go to Dovedale on Sunday 24th April at a whim, and what a great decision. Had such a lovely day, walking across the peaks and valleys, enjoyed a coffee from the little shop in the village and then had an epic journey back to the car park. One of those places that never gets boring, every visit becomes its own adventure.

Very important to have the right footwear and it can get slippery.
Written 5 May 2022
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morfias
Telford, UK6 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Top 5 of my trips. Amazing views. Rolling countryside. Sheep and lambs running past in fields. Sleepy picturesque landscapes.
Definitely go back to spending more time.
Written 18 April 2022
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Zibby K
Jersey, UK71 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
Nice walk and area is beautiful. We went on Monday when visiting family in Mcr. Sunday gets very busy in all beauty spots in Peak District when sun is out. Take a change as you have to pay coins for car park and toilet.
Stepping stones were flooded that day, it was worth to visit anyways.
Written 12 April 2022
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Lottie
Essex, UK23 contributions
Apr 2022 • Solo
Its a lovely location but the stepping stones are particually busy however as you continue the walk to Mildale (if you do this) it thins out. Its beautiful, like with many areas of the Peaks, so worth a visit if yoir in the area.
Written 10 April 2022
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Tim J
Banbury, UK214 contributions
Mar 2022
Dovedale exemplifies natural beauty; the hills, the animals, the river. We had an amazing time here and it exceeded our expectations. Can't wait to return!
Written 5 April 2022
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Local Person
Ashbourne, UK32 contributions
Mar 2022 • Solo
A beautiful National Nature Reserve. The valley is full of wildlife, fossils, gorgeous views and is looked after by the National Trust.
The National Trust also run the car park and can only take COINS at their machine.

They charge £4.50 for 4 hours and £6 all day, with members parking free if they scan their cards at the car park machine.

Dogs have to be on leads along the whole of the route and BBQs are not allowed.

Absolutely stunning place, would visit again.
Written 21 March 2022
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AMW1970
Heaton, UK533 contributions
Mar 2022
After a great recommendation from someone who had once been a local we walked the Dovedale route from Milldale - there is a smallish car park here just above the lovely hamlet.
This walk takes you about 3 miles to Dovedale car park and is just as easy/accessible as coming up river.
I think this is a quieter and probably better route. Al the same accessibility challenges are here including at Lovers Leap but most of the path was dry, smooth and clear.
Written 8 March 2022
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michael g
1 contribution
Jan 2022
Always enjoyable, but my reason for leaving a review is , the parking is CASH only because of lack of telephone signal, so take £3 50 in cash to pay to park
Written 19 January 2022
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AMW1970
Heaton, UK533 contributions
Nov 2021 • Family
During our recent stay at the excellent nearby Sandybrook Holiday park we visited twice. The first was a walk from Ilam Park, the second was a walk from the Dovedale Carpark.
Visiting during the week when it’s out of season means you aren’t swamped with crowds. (As ever nice places spoiled by their own beauty drawing in too many people etc.)
The river is great and it is worth crossing the steeping stones and then following further over the step bits to a tranquil area with a clear running river and few people. Plenty of birds from ducks to dippers to see.
We will visit Agassi soon as possible.
Written 25 November 2021
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dgraham76
Hyde, UK1,260 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
Came here for a lovely hike with friends and can tell its popular with some great views.
Also walked to milldale, dovedale caves and this cave, well worth a visit and nice areas for photos and a picnic
Written 2 November 2021
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