Explore Ilam Park this summer

This month at Ilam Park there are endless opportunities for picnics, walks, far reaching views and places to tick off some of the 50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4 with the family.

This month the limestone hills offer endless options for your visit, whether you are looking for a relaxing stroll and cream tea, or an energetic walk up Thorpe Cloud followed by a riverside picnic. Here are just some of the things you might like to do when you visit us this month.

  • Play
    One of the most popular activities for families visiting Ilam Park is playing pooh sticks on the huge stone bridge on the River Manifold. There is plenty of space nearby to sit down with a picnic and spot birds on the river while you have your lunch. 

    The Summer Play Trail is available at Ilam Park from 23 July - 1 September. Pick up the trail map from the shop for £1, and then explore the parkland to build a den, spot wildlife and play pooh sticks.
  • Relax
    On a dry day, take a seat in the tea-room garden and enjoy a cream tea or lunch while taking in the view towards Thorpe Cloud. Dogs on leads are welcome in the tea-room garden.

    Why not bring a picnic and sit by the River Manifold in Ilam Park or the River Dove in Dovedale, and enjoy the sounds of the water and the birds.
  • Walkies
    Dogs on leads are always welcome at Ilam Park and Dovedale, and there is a stile free route between the two places especially for dog walkers. This route also avoids walking through cattle. You'll find water and parking points for dogs by the stableyard and tea-room at Ilam Park too.

    Dogs are welcome on the free drop in walks that start at 11:00am every Monday and Friday at Ilam Park stableyard. These walks are led by a team of friendly volunteers who change the routes each week and are a great introduction to the local area. No booking needed for these free walks.
  • Explore
    There are many walks in the local area using public footpaths. If you don't bring a map with you, we sell a range of postcard sized walk guides that can help you explore the area. These are available to buy at Ilam Park, Ilam Hall Youth Hostel and the mobile Dovedale Barn.

    There is a permanent orienteering course at Ilam Park - ideal for families and great fun whatever the weather is doing. The map is available to purchase from the shop daily, 11 -5.