School visits

Exploring Ilam Park © NT

Exploring Ilam Park

A school visit to the White Peak area of the Peak District offers a wealth of new and memorable outdoor experiences for children of all ages.

Explore Dovedale valley, visit a Peak District farm, carry out a village survey in Ilam, or have a go at orienteering in Ilam Park.

Sessions are run outdoors, so a picnic lunch and waterproofs are essential throughout the year.

To find out more contact Zoe Stevens, Visitor Experience Officer on 01335 350503 or you can email us.

Guided Activities

  • Village survey – a short walk around the area to compare Ilam village with where you live. Hear the stories behind the Swiss style cottages, the memorial and the church.
  • Minibeast hunt – discover the creatures that live in Ilam Park.
  • Orienteering - a junior orienteering course in Ilam Park.
  • Natural art – explore the park to find natural materials and get creative.
  • Peak District walk – discover the famous limestone valley of Dovedale.
  • Ecton Mine – a lesson underground in the only copper mine in the Peak District.
  • A Peak District farm - meet a Peak District farmer and his farm, see the animals and learn about what life is like for a farmer in the Peak District.


Dovedale © Joe Cornish


Visit Dovedale valley to spot wildlife, walk beside the river and spot fossils in the limestone rock. Dovedale is a 30 minute walk from Ilam Park across the fields.

Ilam Park

Ilam Park © Andrew Butler

Ilam Park

Ilam Park offers a small classroom, woodland habitats and green space to play, as well as an orienteering course and YHA youth hostel.