Explore Ilam Park and Dovedale

Picnic by the river, see the lambs play or explore the limestone hills with your dog this month. Ilam Park and Dovedale are ideal spots for a family day out in the Peak District.

Explore Ilam Park and Dovedale this month and you'll be greeted with far reaching views, wildlife and fragrant wildflowers.

  • Spot artwork in Ilam Park created by fine art students from the University of Derby.

    For the 14th year, students have coppiced hazel with the rangers in the Manifold valley and then produced individual sculptures in response to the landscape and views.
     
  • Walk past the vast carpets of wild garlic flowering along Paradise Walk and the river Manifold in Ilam Park, a real sensory treat!
     
  • Spot dippers alongside the river Dove and cross the famous stepping stones - a popular photo opportunity.
     
  • Have a family day out in the holidays and take the self guided Woodland Explorer Trail around Ilam Park, you'll find great den building spots and St. Bertram's bridge for playing pooh sticks on.
     
  • Explore the quieter footpaths across the limestone hills with your dog - but please remember to keep it on a lead as there are new lambs in many of the fields.
     
  • Picnic by the river and listen to the birds in the woodlands.
  • Explore underground!

    Book onto a day tour of Ecton Copper Mine and go inside the former copper mine that made a fortune for the Duke of Devonshire in the 18th century.  There are dates through the summer months and advance booking essential on 01335 350503.

    Discover a special limestone cave called Foxhole - rarely open to the public. Guided tours available on Saturday 11 June 2016. Advance booking essential on 01335 350503.