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Dove Dale to Milldale and a few Geocaches

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. 

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  • Margaret

    I couldn't have wished for a better day - totally relaxing walk with 'just right' weather for walking in a picturesque part of the world.
    Great chatting and managed a few geocaches with Adam and Erica plus the two doggies, finished off with a great meal at the Railway Inn at Shottle. Thanks for recommending this pub Adam.
    Having just cleaned out the car (because it was disgusting) I'm now ready for some shut eye!
    It would be great to complete this walk again in the autumn/winter.

    June 29, 2014

    • Dee

      A really enjoyable day thank you Margaret for organising and all for your great company . Lexi loved meeting you too! Shame I couldn't join you for the meal definitely next time!

      1 · June 30, 2014

    • Margaret

      You'll be very welcome next time - perhaps T&LNF will run this as a Winter 'Mulled Wine' Ramble :-)

      June 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fab people (and doggies) and really enjoyed myself.

    1 · June 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a lovely day in wonderful company.....aching like heck now so looking forward to bed. Thank you all for a lovely day.

    1 · June 29, 2014

  • Esther R.

    Great walk fantastic company followed by a good meal totally enjoyed my Sunday and thank you luke for the lift

    1 · June 29, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Glad you had a great time and the pleasure was all mine.

      June 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Home now and already for another session snoring as I power nap. Good walk good company and now stuffed and shattered. Thanks for making me feel welcome and to Margaret for organising

    1 · June 29, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      It was great meeting you and look forward to seeing you again at another event.

      June 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just leaving Lichfield. My mob is[masked]

    June 29, 2014

  • Elaine

    Not impressed!! Alarm didn't go off just woke up so I'll be having a carpet picnic :-( have a great day cu soon x

    June 29, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      :-( sorry to hear that you can't make it but I'm sure we'll do another soon and it'll be great to have you along.

      June 29, 2014

    • Margaret

      Please update your rsvp

      June 29, 2014

  • Esther R.

    Flask check milk check lunch check dog check water check dog bowl check lol think I'm almost ready morning all looking forward to the walk and the sun is out bonus see you all soon

    June 29, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      One's carriage - Check ;-) lol. I'm heeerrree me lady :-)

      June 29, 2014

    • Esther R.

      Stood in car park can't see you luke

      June 29, 2014

  • Linda

    Sorry, cant make this date now. Hope you all have a great time x

    June 26, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry to hear that you couldn't make it but look forward to seeing you at a future event.

      1 · June 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry had to move my daughters baby shower from Saturday to Sunday hope you have a great time x

    June 24, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Congratulations and hope you all had a lovely time. Look forward to seeing you at a future event.

      June 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Old faithful (my flask) is making yet another guest appearance today and have six cups if anyone is interested in a morning brew lol :-) look forward to seeing old friends and new again :-)

    June 29, 2014

  • Margaret

    Met Office remains at 16 deg C and cloudy with sunny intervals :-) Great walking weather :-)

    June 28, 2014

  • Margaret

    Meet at the edge of the car park near the refreshments hut for 10.30 am. We will wait until 10.45 am for any late comers but after that, catch us up - you know where we are heading! :-) No email as mobile phones do not work very well in this part of the world so there's no point! :-) Please update rsvp if you can no longer attend. The met office is saying 16 deg C and sunny (which is different from yesterday's forecast). I will check again Saturday evening, but unless it is raining cats and dogs from the start off, this event will go ahead. :-)

    1 · June 26, 2014

  • Erica

    Are u planning on taking us along the monsail trail?

    June 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm toying with going up on fri or sat night and stopping in a local yha prob Ilam farm if anybody else wants to make it a longer weekend.

    June 23, 2014

    • Margaret

      There is a Buxton W/e waiting for the finer details such as a date - maybe Sept/Oct time staying in b&b or Youth Hostel and choosing activities over the two days. This event is sitting on the 'suggested' tab for the time being.

      June 24, 2014

    • Margaret

      Can't make the Saturday for this otherwise I'd be in.

      June 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    sounds like a lovely walk and I will be defiantly bringing my camera and also my suntan lotion as last time I went for a long walk I got burnt :(

    June 24, 2014

  • Margaret

    Great to see a healthy turnout for this event. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for good weather! :-)

    June 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I run a geocaching magazine, so this is right up my street. Have spare gps units if people want to borrow them

    1 · June 18, 2014

    • Margaret

      Thanks for this Adam. I have to confess I'm the geocaching fan in the group. I know there's some caches along the route and as I was running this walk I thought we'd may as well find the caches too. However, you never know Adam, you may find some new members! :-) Looking forward to meeting you on the day. At the moment there's ten of us! Margaret Walk Leader.

      2 · June 19, 2014

  • Dee

    One of my favourite walks. Will be bringing my Dalmation and have room for 3 in car can pick up traveling from Outskirts of Nuneaton. We will be walking via bridge as Lexi refused to cross via stepping stones.

    3 · June 14, 2014

    • Esther R.

      Will be bringing my chihuahua but don't think she will be doing much walking

      2 · June 14, 2014

    • Margaret

      No problems Dee. We can all meet up on the Thorp Cloud side!

      June 14, 2014

  • Margaret

    Yes. At this time of year, lots of people will have dogs in that area so remember your lead and water. Depending how large your dog is, you may want to walk across the bridge rather than the stepping stones.

    December 15, 2013

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