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Circular Dovedale Walk from Alstonefield

By Dave Roberts   

on August 17, 2015    5/5 (2)

Circular Dovedale Walk from Alstonefield

Further Details

Route Summary:

One of the best walks in the Peak District and one of the best low level walks in the entire country.

Route Start Location: Alstonefield

13.76 km 508 m 4 hours

Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.

Activivity Type: Moderate Walk

Summits and Places on this Route


Car parking and light refreshments at the ‘tourist’ end.  Dovedale Bar at the the Izaak Walkton Hotel


Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Mountain Safety , Navigation and what equipment you’ll need.

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Public Transport:

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Recommended Maps


Circular Dovedale Walk from Alstonefield Ordnance Survey Map and GPX File Download

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Circular Dovedale Walk from Alstonefield

Dovedale in the White Peak is one of the gems of the Peak Distict. While most choose to park near Ilam or even closer and walk to the Dovedale Stepping Stones, this is a more challenging circular walk through the picturesque Dove Dale. This walk has been featured as one of the Best Walks in the Peak District.

With numerous caves to explore in Dovedale, and limestone features such as the Tissington Spire, Ilam Rocks it certainly makes the area unique.

The Dovedale car park at the half way point does have some facilities, which is a handy source of light refreshment. Or you could take a short diversion to the National Trust’s Ilam Park which has toilets and tea rooms.

Another recommended diversion is the walk up the limestone knoll of Thorpe Cloud, a distinctive little hill that dominates the view around the Dovedale Stepping Stones. For those looking for a pub near Dovedale, there’s the Dovedale Bar at the the Izaak Walkton Hotel that’s just round the corner from the Dovedale car park and has a beer garden that’ll make you want to stay all day!

Click here to view the full description from our Local Expert – Allen Hudson.

Featured Image – © Copyright David Stowell and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader. Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.
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