Ilam and Dovedale Walk - in the sunshine!

NB This walk will only run if weather forecast is good :)!   A second attempt at nice weather for this walk as this was an issue for many the other day, so this time it will be dry and sunny - I hope!

Let's do Ilam and Dovedale before it's summer and over run with tourists (like us!).

'.. magical walk, across fields to the model estate village of Ilam and through the grounds of Ilam Hall by the Manifold, followed by a climb to Stanshope, and a descent, with superb views, into the valley of the Dove at the hamlet of Milldale.  Finally comes the enchanting walk downstream along the winding river , through the limestone ravine of Dovedale itself -an unforgettable experience.' 

There is a teashop (with cake) in Ilam, about twenty minutes into this walk.  Technically of course this is cheating, but.....

Ilam is the creation of wealthy industrialist Jesse Watts Russell, owner of the hall, who remodelled the estate in 1820's and built the new village in the 1850's, out of sight of the hall, in a picturesque, Alpine style, unique in the Peak District. The imitation Eleanor Cross was in memory of his wife.  He also restored the 13th century church, adding the octagonal and memorial chapel to his father in law. The church is noted for it's Saxon treasures: a font in the church and two crosses in the churchyard.  It also contains the tomb of St Bertram, a little known 8th century Mercian saint

Well that's the history bit!

As I imagine most of you will know there are also the very famous Stepping Stones in Dovedale toward the end of the walk.  And, probably, the hot drinks/ ice cream/ hot dogs stall will still be open in the car park when we get back:)

Distance:  8 and half miles - but there is a bit we can lop off if people want making it about 7 miles.

Finish time: by 4pm

Please bring with you: packed lunch, water, walking boots, waterproofs and all sensible walking gear.  And sunscreen. 

We will eat lunch somewhere en route - possibly by the pub in Stanshope depending on time.

PS The Dovedale Car Park is £2.50 for the day.  Also just to mention the turning onto the little road down to it is by the Izaac Walton Hotel.  Finally, there is no mobile reception in the car park area, but it comes back shortly on from the car park.  That's all for now folks.

Join or login to comment.

  • Wendy

    Many thanks for a lovely walk Emma, enjoyed it especially the history bits! x

    1 · June 3

  • Kathy

    Lovely day out and walk. Thanks Emma x

    1 · June 2

  • Nick

    Thanks Emma for masterminding such a great day out. Perfect pace and itinerary. Loved it!!

    1 · June 1

    • Emma B

      Pleasure, I loved it too!

      June 1

  • Emma B

    And giggles:)

    June 1

  • Emma B

    Thanks everyone. I had a great day too. Lovely sharing it with every one of you. Lots of fun :)

    1 · June 1

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Emma for organising this lovely walk. The pace was nice and relaxed from the beginning. The scenery was fab and the company was great. I really enjoyed it and I am looking forward to doing another sometime.

    1 · June 1

  • Vince B.

    Fantastic walk with the most awesome scenery, thanks Emma for a superb piece of exercise!!

    1 · June 1

  • Esperanza

    Lovely day and great people!! thanks Emma.

    2 · May 31

  • Phil J.

    What a fab day!!

    1 · May 31

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lovely walk especially in the sunshine! Thanks Emma

    1 · May 31

  • Fiona

    Great walk with lovely people, fab scenery and Emma's guarantee sunshine. Excellent day out :) Thank you Emma x

    1 · May 31

  • Ana M

    Thoroughly fantastic! I loved every second of it. The company, the old church, graveyard, history, coffee shop, river, landscape....... everything! Thanks so much Emma. Worth every minute in the car getting to and from :-)

    1 · May 31

  • Hugh W.

    No sunshine - but sunny people. Great day out!

    1 · May 31

    • Emma B

      Yep - there was sunshine!

      1 · May 31

  • A former member
    A former member

    was a lovely day and walk. =D thanks to all of you

    1 · May 31

  • Debbie A.

    A really great event, and thanks to everyone for being so welcoming! I will definitely be attending again in the future

    1 · May 31

  • John B.

    Beautiful day and met some beautiful people, thanks Emma. X

    1 · May 31

  • Mel

    Would have liked to join this walk today but was workiing 10-11am & back on duty[masked]pm. Glad you've got ideal walking weather today, enjoy all :-)

    May 31

  • Hugh W.

    Happy to give a lift to anyone from Wilford, Nottingham. The 1, 2, and 3 buses pass close and I could pick up people from Wilford Green bus stop. Need to leave about 9:00. My route is along A52 pass NU main campus etc. so could pick up along route!

    May 25

    • Emma B

      that's great

      May 31

    • Nick

      The Arnold posse are en route, but a few minutes behind schedule. Don't go without us... :-)

      May 31

  • Susan

    Sorry for late notice but won't be there now, woke up feeling rubbish :(

    May 31

  • Debbie A.

    Happy to offer a lift to anyone from Arnold..

    May 25

    • Nick

      Hi Debbie. Hope your car space is still free. I shall head for the main Arnold carpark mentioned earlier for 9.00am. I'm on[masked] if there's any change of plan...

      May 31

    • Debbie A.

      Hi Nick, sorry only just read message! I will be there just before 9!!

      May 31

  • John B.

    Looking good outside, think i'll join you. used to take the kids there when they were little.

    May 31

  • Ana M

    Not exactly next door to me, but I really fancy it! :-)

    May 30

  • Emma B

    Have rechecked the weather - yep, all it's all good :)

    May 30

  • Emma B

    Hi all. Weather looking fine dry for tomorrow so far. Will check again late tonight so please check page for any updates - but looks like it's all fine :)

    May 30

  • Vince B.

    Hey y'all am now free tomorrow and will be coming along as possibly only free Saturday for a few weeks and as there are many attending a good way to meet you all in one go :-) Am leaving Kimberley at 8.45am so if anyone would like a lift can meet in Sainsbury's car park.

    1 · May 30

  • A former member
    A former member

    hi, got a free day and would like to join. but i'm also looking for a lift. hugh do you still have some space? i could be at the co-op car park befor 9 am aswell. thanks

    May 29

    • Hugh W.

      Lift OK. Hugh

      May 30

    • Hugh W.

      Hi Dominique. You are OK for a lift from Co-op @ Wilford. Hugh

      May 30

  • Rich B

    Sorry to now have to cancel due to flu bug :( Hope the weather is fine and to make the next one...

    May 30

    • Emma B

      Hi Rich, the weather actually looks like it is going to be fine :) Sorry you've got the flu. Hope you're feeling better soon and we see you next time. Take care.

      May 30

  • Brigitte

    I forgot I was going to a wedding Sat. Sorry about this but hope you all have fun and hope the weather is good for you xxx

    May 30

    • Emma B

      :) At least you remembered the wedding! Have a great day.

      May 30

  • francis

    Thanks Debbie ill be there

    May 30

  • susan

    Not fair, working again! As we're holding a BBQ for customers I'm afraid it's guaranteed to rain that day!

    May 11, 2014

    • Emma B

      Soz :(

      May 12, 2014

    • susan

      Looks like the rain may hold off so hope you get to do the walk and have a good day everyone! If I get a rain free BBQ for my customers I'll be very pleased!

      May 30

  • francis

    I'm the same I would love to go but no way of going to it as I do not own a car. Would love to find someone to go with who's going from Nottingham to if they had a car so I could split the fill cost effectively between the two of use. If there is any one who would bring me in a car then ill be fare grateful for the help to go. Hop to find out soon.

    May 15, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi I'm happy to go to a meeting point somewhere within Nottingham. Julie where would be best for you?

      May 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry to hear that Julie, I hope everything is OK.

      May 26

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately I can't do the walking activities :-( Have a great time guys. Hoping for a dry day at least!

    May 25

  • francis

    So sorry I can not make the walk. Something has come up and I'm sorry not to get back to those I needed to. To go there as a lot has happened and I needed to sorted it out and for got all about sorting out going on the walk. So I do apologise now for any inconvenience to any one who I should of got back to. P's have a good walk

    May 25

  • Karl R.

    In the *sunshine*? Who would want that? ;-) More seriously, Grace did struggle after the last one - it was a little long for her (and I just couldn't leave her behind). So - I may have to miss this one, but I'll see how she is closer to the time...

    May 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd love to do this if anyone was driving from Nottingham and wouldn't mind having someone to split the fuel with?

    May 12, 2014

    • francis

      I'll check the prices for you tomorrow. And let you know how much it'll cost for the day. Is that okay with you?

      1 · May 18, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yeah I'd be up for getting a car. Julie I'm in West Bridgford.

      May 18, 2014

  • Blanka B.

    hello, I would love to join but I have the same problem as Francis - I have not got a car... is there anyone from Nottingham who can offer me a lift providing that I will share the costs of the fuel, of course.... thanks:)

    1 · May 17, 2014

  • Natalie

    Hopefully, if I'm back from Turkey by 31st ;-)

    1 · May 11, 2014

22 went

People in this
Meetup are also in:

Create your own Meetup Group

Get started Learn more
Henry

I decided to start Reno Motorcycle Riders Group because I wanted to be part of a group of people who enjoyed my passion... I was excited and nervous. Our group has grown by leaps and bounds. I never thought it would be this big.

Henry, started Reno Motorcycle Riders

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy