Surrounded by acres of the Peak District’s finest countryside, Ilam park and Dovedale is a great day out. Plus it’s only half an hour out of Nottingham city.
I went with my Uncle Billy in the summer and particularly loved the stream with the stepping stones- it’s not too deep and is perfect for paddling.
The walk we did was 5 miles and took us from Ilam Country Park. This is a National Trust site and has a small car park charge. Remember to take cash with you as they don’t take card.
The walk has a few places where well behaved dogs can be off the lead, but it does go through a lot of fields with cow and sheep. It is mostly on footpaths, but there is a little bit of road walking. It also has a couple of stiles, so is probably not the best for large dogs. Luckily me and Billy are little so Mum and Dad could carry us. You can find a stile free route here. Look for the ‘alternative route’ signs as you walk to Dovedale from Ilam village.
The walk was quite far, but we really enjoyed it. We were exhausted afterwards and had a well deserved lie down in the car home.
You can download the walk we did here.