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Sunday 26 August - Thursday 30 August 2001
A cottage holiday break in Derbyshire
Route no 3 - Tuesday 28 August 2001
Manifold Valley, Milldale
Dove Dale circuit - 8 miles
Derbyshire . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL24 The Peak District White Peak Area at 1:25000


I spent the bank holiday week with three friends in a holiday cottage on the edge of Ashbourne in Derbyshire where the footpaths have been open since the beginning of June. The weather was very hot with clear blue skies, much more like the Mediterranean than grey damp Derbyshire.

On Tuesday 28 August 2001 we drove to St Mary's Bridge at the confluence of the River Dove and the River Manifold and to the car park a few hundred yards up the Dove valley near the Izaac Walton Hotel. We took the path across the fields past the hotel to Ilam about a mile away. Here we walked up the drive to the Youth Hostel and took the path in front of the hostel to the river and followed the riverside path for about a mile to the road at the River Lodge (it does not look as if there is a way through on the map, but in fact it's a pretty path beside the river with a signposted way out to the road beside the River Lodge).

River Dove at Milldale
River Dove at Milldale

River Dove at Milldale
River Dove at Milldale

Dove Dale
Dove Dale

We took the path past the farms at Cattern Hall and Cattern across the fields to the road near Stanshope. At Stanshope we turned right onto the lane over the hill to Milldale adjoining Dovedale. We bought a cup of tea in the village and sat by the river Dove watching the children, dogs and ducks playing in the water - it was still very hot. After about half an hour we continued on down Dove Dale to the stepping stones.

A real tourist hot spot on any bank holiday and on this hot sunny day the water was full of children just having fun. From here it was only a quarter of a mile back to the car park and another cup of tea and a sit by the river. The whole route was about 8 miles and took us about 5 hours with some long stops for cups of tea and to cool our feet in the water - another hot summer day with clear blue skies.

River Dove at the stepping stones
River Dove at the stepping stones

River Dove
River Dove

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