Dovedale, Derbyshire

Dovedale is, as its name suggests, the valley of the River Dove, in this case a limestone gorge.

A renowned beauty spot - although "spot" is probably misleading as Dovedale itself is about 2 miles long. The river then flows through Milldale, Wolfscote Dale and Beresford Dale. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty, visited by such as Alfred lord Tennyson, Dr Johnson and Byron (not on a joint day-trip ! - grin), but is probably most famous for its connection with Izaak Walton and Charles Cotton.

For the walker, the area holds mile after mile of paths - both alongside the river and over the surrounding countryside, linking villages and hamlets.

Standing either side of the entrance to Dovedale are the two hills of Bunster and Thorpe Cloud. The word 'cloud' is simply a corruption of the Celtic word 'clud' which means rock or hill, and "Thorpe" was the Danish owner of the land - so Thorpe's Hill.

Here a a few photos of the place, if anybody has anything to add - please let me know.

(I've kept the pics small to speed up viewing, if anybody wants a 640 x 480 one, email me and I'll email it back)

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Panorama of the area

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entrance looking down from Thorpe Cloud
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Car park
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Looking into the dale
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Stepping Stones
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Accommodation Locally

Guest Houses

Self Catering

The Orchards, 4 star farm cottage, Ilam, Ashbourne, DE6 2BA. - - tel 01538-308205

Panoramic Views of Dovedale - "Peak District View" website - *****
Walks In The Peak District - Good site for walkers!
Peak Walking - Even better website for walks
The Official Derby Photo Website - ***** Great! Lots of photos of Derbyshire places.
Derbyshire UK - Ashbourne page - Excellent website ****.
Derbyshire UK - Walking pages - - Excellent website ****
Dove Dale Dash - Annual hill running web site.
Snap The - Local walks and photographs

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