Dove Dale is one of the (if not the most beautiful) limestone dale in Britain. It has a variety of scenery with the ever-changing River Dove, the steep limestone cliffs and spires, the rare woodlands species and at the half way point the quaint picturesque village of Milldale, which is our destination.
Milldale is a quaint little village with no more than a dozen square stone cottages and a small road. It is mostly visited by those on foot. There is a National Trust information centre in the old barn, and a great little tea shop which sells a few walking essentials and refreshments and a separate toilet block.
Once in Milldale, we will take our time and eat lunch with the Ducks by the River Dove (limited seating) so you may want to take something to sit on.
If you embark on the *full walk you will soon find out why this place became popular way before even the stepping stones appeared! (If anyone is unsure about walking across the stepping stones, we can use the bridge by the car park. The car park is a pay on entry; it used to be £2.50. Please think of the environment and car share, if appropriate).
This is a linear walk from Dovedale to Milldale and return *unless you arrange for someone to collect you at Milldale (and in that case it is a 3 mile walk). I'd seriously suggest you try the return walk as the views are different again. This makes it a 6 miles easy/moderate walk (there's one stepped hilly piece of this walk - it's like walking up the stairs at home several times).
We will take our time and take in the views (so don't forget your camera) and this will also allow us to find a few Geocaches along the way!
Note: In case of inclement weather, this walk will be postponed and re-scheduled. Try not to wear jeans - they will be either too hot or cold (if they get wet) and choose appropriate footwear with grip (you should be OK in old trainers).
Equipment - Suncream (I'm hoping for good weather) & hat.
Camera, Packed lunch/drink to keep you hydrated (we will stop and eat at Milldale), Any equipment you feel is necessary, such as walking poles.
Please ensure you are fit enough to join in with this walk as, although it is graded easy to moderate, there are some steps and unlevel ground. Walk leader/VC: Margaret. First Aid trained, but as always, you are responsible for yourself.