Things to see & do


The Stepping Stones in Dovedale © NTPL/Jon Millar

The Stepping Stones in Dovedale

A favourite with families and walkers, you will find the famous Stepping Stones in Dovedale.

Dovedale is a National Nature Reserve, with wonderful wildflowers, wildlife and views.

Ilam Park

The Italian Garden at Ilam Park © NTPL/National Trust

The Italian Garden at Ilam Park

Explore Ilam Park with the family and take in the wonderful views, discover paths through the woodlands and look out for wildlife along the way. The Manifold Tea Room offers homemade lunches, cakes, ice creams and drinks, with views of Thorpe Cloud.


Manifold Valley

The Manifold Valley © NTPL/National Trust

The Manifold Valley

Explore the Manifold Valley and its lush green grasslands, thick woodlands and limestone crags.

Climb to the top of the gorge to look down into the valley and picture the steam engines smoke that used to plume through the valley.

Winster Market House

Winster Market House has been owned by the National Trust since 1906 © NTPL/National Trust

Winster Market House has been owned by the National Trust since 1906

Winster Market House was the first property to be acquired by the National Trust in the Peak District in 1906 for £50.

It is a lovely brick built listed building and is now an information room with interpretation panels and a scale model of Winster village.


Children exploring nature © National Trust

Plenty of spaces to play in Ilam Park, a great way to spend time as a family or with friends. Look out for the wooden stepping stones in the woods and pooh sticks bridge.


The river Dove in Dovedale

There are loads of places to explore in the White Peak. Why not cross the stepping stones at Dovedale and then follow the River Dove, or come along on one of our weekly walks at Ilam Park?


Ecton Engine House

Ecton Engine House sits on top of Ecton Hill in the Manifold Valley. It was built in 1788 when large amounts of copper were mined here by the Duke of Devonshire.

School visits

A visit to the area offers opportunities to study wildlife habitats, meet a farmer, learn about the Peak District National Park or explore the village of Ilam.

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Mam Tor in the Peak District © Joe Cornish

We have lots of great things across the Peak District, see our other pages for details: