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Ashtonefield

Dovedale

Hartington
Ilam
Manifold Valley

Milldale

Tissington
Wetton

   
 

Alstonefield

1.7 Miles

 

Turn Right out of the drive; go through Stanshope (Hamlet only) until you come to a T-junction. Turn Right. 50 Yards another T-junction. (The Watts Russell Pub is on your right). Turn Left at the T-junction and ½ mile up hill is Alstonfield. Here you will find The George Pub, Jean Goodwin studios. (A very sought after painter).
The Post Office (now in the village Hall) opens Mondays & Thursdays). The Church, Car Parking, Recycling Centre, Playing Fields and Children’s Play area. There are often Car Boot Sales on Sundays and Antique Sales regularly. Alstonfield was once mainly owned by the Harper Crewe Estate, which during its time rivalled that of its cousin Chatsworth.

 

Dovedale

1 Mile to the River / 3 Miles to Stepping Stones

 

Go to Ilam. Turn left at the monument; go ½ mile, then first left before you reach the River Dove. It is signposted. The Car Park is private and charges £1.50 per day. There are no shops in Dovedale. Just before the Car park you will find the road leading to The Sir Isaac Walton Hotel. The Isaac has a hotel restaurant and also serves meals in the bar. As well as a Hotel it is also a pub.

Walking from the Farm - Go past the main house and through the gate to the right of the big barn veer right and follow the footpath to Hall Dale.

 
 

Hall Dale

Stepping Stones at Dovedale

Take a right when you get to the footpath along Hall Dale - this will lead you directly to the river Dove. It’s about 10 minutes walk from here and downhill all the way! This will bring you out roughly in the middle of the Dale ½ way between the Stepping Stones and Milldale. You can either turn left from here for the HARD path to Milldale. (Experienced walkers only!). Or further on right you can cross the river to pick up the general footpath along Dovedale. To get to the bridge turn right and it is a few 100 yards ahead. Once you’ve crossed the river you can either turn right for the stepping Stones and Ilam or Left for Milldale.

 
 

Hartington

4 Miles

 

Pubs – Tea Rooms – Gift shops – Hartington Cheese Factory & Shop – Pottery Shop – Garage – small village food shop. (First home to Peak Practice)

 

Ilam

1.5 Miles

 

To get to Ilam, turn left out of the property and follow the road on down the hill. There you will find a National Trust Shop & Visitors Centre (01335 350245) and Tea Rooms with fantastic views overlooking Thorpe Cloud and Bunster Hill. – Open throughout the summer and at weekends during the winter.

 
 

Ilam Hall

Ilam Hall

The Grounds are lovely and you can meander along the Manifold River where you can see the underground source come above ground. Here you will find gentle walks, Information centre and nature trails. Its great for the children as they often arrange activities for them.

Ilam Hall is a Youth Hostel and they welcome outside guests. During the summer months there is always an Ice cream van parked in the village. The Church is beautiful and well worth a visit.

 
 

Manifold Valley

1 Mile

 

The Manifold Way is an old disused Railway track similar to the Tissington Trail. It runs from Waterhouses (A52) to Hulme End nr Hartington. Drive to Wetton and pick up signs for the Manifold Way & Butterton, as you drive down a very steep hill you will see Thors Cave on your left. (It’s worth a walk!) To walk the Manifold Way, either park at the bottom of the hill or drive on 200yrds to Wetton Mill where you will find National Trust Tea Rooms open during the summer months and at weekends. You can also drive to either end of the track, that’s at Hulme End or Waterhouses and park in the car parks provided.

Walking from the Farm - Go across the road and follow the track to the right. The footpath follows a dry stonewall on the right. You will cross another footpath and go through three fields with stile/gates between each. At the top of the hill by a small copse of trees you will pick up sign for Wetton, Castern or Stanshope! If you turn left here following a track (signposted Castern), it will take you past an old disused mine (loads of rubble) and to a nature reserve with wild ponies & fantastic views down to the manifold River and across to Throwly Hall. (If you look closely you can see the ruins to the old Hall) Note the River is dry here as it runs underground and only comes out again at Ilam. Left at the Nature reserve sign takes you to Ilam via Castern Hall and right at the sign takes you to Wetton, or the Manifold Way via Beeston Tor (famous for its rock climbing & abseiling) and Thors Cave.

 

Milldale

2 Miles

 

Turn Right out of the drive; go through Stanshope (Hamlet only) until you come to a T-junction. Turn Right. 50 Yards another T-junction. (The Watts Russell Pub is on your right). Turn Right at the T-junction and 1½ miles is Milldale.

Milldale is at the other end of Dovedale and a great base for walking. Here you will find The Pack Horse bridge (called Viator Bridge in the old days!) and there is Polly’s Shop selling sweets, chocolate and Hot Drinks from the stable door. It’s a great place for feeding the ducks or for just strolling along the riverbank on summers evening.

 

Tissington

5 Miles

 

Tissington Hall - Tea Rooms – Tissington Trail - Wells - Garden Nursery – Horse Riding School – Traditional Butchers shop – Gift shop – Church

 

Wetton

2 Miles

 

Turn Right out of the drive; go through Stanshope until you come to a T-junction. Turn Left. Stay on this road until you get to Wetton. Here in the centre of the village you will find The Royal Oak Pub. Wetton is a quiet village, which is still mainly owned by the Chatsworth Estate. Here is a great base in which to walk Thors Cave, Wetton Hill or the Manifold Way (A disused Railway line).

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