Exploring Ilam Park and Dovedale this winter
Wrap up and explore the Peak District this winter. With far reaching views and wildlife to spot, it's the perfect time to try out the new camera or walking boots you were given for Christmas, or just get some exercise with your dog.
Open daily for inspring walks, winter picnics and peaceful views
With the arrival of a new year, why not explore new places and discover more of the Peak District?
Ilam Park is an ideal place to start a walk to the Manifold valley, the Stepping Stones at Dovedale or just a short stroll by the river in Ilam Park. The tea-room in the former stableblock at Ilam Park serves homemade cakes, lunches and hot drinks daily, 10.30am to 4pm. If you'd rather sit outside and enjoy the views towards Thorpe Cloud, you can borrow a cosy wool blanket.
Walk with us
Free drop in 2hr walks start at 11:00 every Monday and Friday at Ilam Park, a great way to discover the area with company and conversation. There is no need to book, just meet the friendly team of volunteers by the visitor centre on the day. Dogs are always welcome on the walks, all we ask is that they are kept on short leads during the walk. Walk routes change according to weather, so may include stiles, steps, hills and mud!
Don't forget your camera when you visit, there are plenty of intriguing and inspiring scenes to capture. Favourite spots for photos include:
- Inside Ilam church
- Capturing the dippers on the river Dove
- The mysterious coins in the fallen tree trunks in Dovedale
- The ridge and furrow patterns in the parkland at Ilam Park
- The fossils in the stone steps by Lovers Leap in Dovedale
- The view from the top of Thorpe Cloud
The Swiss style cottages in Ilam village
If you fancy learning a few more tips to improve your photography skills, take a look at the range of digital photography workshops delivered by Going Digital at Ilam Park this year.