Dovedale is a popular dale in the Peak District. It is owned by the National Trust, and annually attracts a million visitors. The valley is cut by the River Dove and runs for just over 3 miles between Milldale in the north and a wooded ravine near Thorpe Cloud and Bunster Hill in the south. The wooded ravine contains an attractive set of stepping stones which are often featured on calendars, and two caves known as the Dove Holes.

Starting in the 18th century, visiting gentry would enjoy visiting the beauty spots of Dovedale and Ilam in the summer.

With the improvement in road transport and the arrival of the LNWR railway line between Ashbourne and Buxton making travel easier, Dovedale's popularity with visitors expanded and began to embrace all social classes.

The railway line was closed in the 1960s and has now been converted into a walkers and cyclists path known as the Tissington trail.

Dovedale's other attractions include rock pillars such as Ilam Rock, Viator's Bridge, and the limestone carvings Lovers' Leap and Reynard's Cave.

Fishing is also a popular activity due to the associations with Izaak Walton's The Compleat Angler, and some of the fishing rights are owned by the Izaak Walton Hotel (which is part of the Duke of Rutland's estate, and stands at the southern end of Dovedale on the Staffordshire bank

Samuel Johnson, Lord Tennyson, John Ruskin and George Byron all praised Dovedale's scenery. The latter wrote of Dovedale to the poet Thomas Moore, "I can assure you there are things in Derbyshire as noble as Greece or Switzerland."

Dovedale Stepping Stones

Dovedale Stepping Stones.

HD Video of Dovedale




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