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.