Explore the Peak District this season
Start exploring this season in the limestone hills of the White Peak. Take a look in a cave, inside a copper mine, or find your way orienteering.
How will you explore the Peak District?
- Explore Ilam Park with the orienteering course ideal for beginners and families. Pick up the map (£1.50) from the shop and away you go! Dogs on leads are welcome to join in too. No booking needed.
- Explore the local area with our team of friendly walk leaders who take you on a free walk each Monday and Friday morning. Routes change each week and may include hills, steps, mud and livestock. There is no need to book, just meet us in the stableyard at Ilam Park for a prompt 11:00am start. The walk on a Monday lasts 2 hours and on a Friday you can choose from a 2 hour route or a 3 hour route. Dogs on short leads are welcome on the walks.
- Buy one of our recommended walk route postcards and explore a new route and new views. Postcard are £1 each and are available daily from the shop and Ilam Park and the mobile Dovedale Barn. They are weatherproof so you can use them again and again.
- Explore Ecton Copper Mine this summer on one of our popular fully guided tours. Ecton Hill in the Manifold Valley has a fascinating story revealed during the tour which will take you into the copper mine that made a fortune for its former owner, the Duke of Devonshire. Advance booking essential by calling us on 01335 350503.
- Explore to find your own perfect picnic spot in the limestone hills - if you need a picnic blanket there are cosy wool blankets available to buy in the shop at Ilam Park.
- There is more to see in Dovedale than just the stepping stones - walk a little further and you'll get views of limestone pinnacles towering above you, caves, wildflowers, fossil filled steps and buzzards circling above the woods.
- Enjoy the woods as they burst into life with leaves, nests full of chicks, the buzz of bees and provide shade for your picnic stop.
- Dogs are part of the family too, and they are always welcome at Ilam Park and Dovedale. All we ask is that you keep them on a lead to minimise disturbance to the farm animals that graze both the parkland and Dovedale valley.
- If you are looking for a less energetic day out, why not just bring a picnic and sit by the River Dove or River Manifold and watch the young birds on the water?