Learning at Ilam Park and Dovedale

Children enjoy the view at Dovedale in Derbyshire

A school visit to the White Peak area of the Peak District offers a wealth of new and memorable outdoor experiences for children of all ages.

Self led activities you could do with your



Visit Dovedale valley to spot wildlife, walk beside the river and spot fossils in the limestone rock.
Dovedale is only a 30 minute walk from Ilam Park across the fields. The fields often have sheep, lambs or cows grazing them, so please minimise disturbance to the farm animals. After wet weather, these fields can become very muddy so wellies or walking boots are recommended.
There is a large coach parking bay on the main road between Ilam village and Thorpe village. It is free parking and it is not possible to reserve a space.

There are public toilets near the privately owned car park at Dovedale. The toilets are owned and managed by the Peak District National Park Authority. There is a 20p charge to use the toilet.

Between March to September the mobile Dovedale Barn offers a range of souvenirs, walk guides and maps and postcards for sale. Our team of friendly volunteers will be happy to recommend local walks to you.
Dovedale Barn
A warm welcome at Dovedale Barn
Dovedale Barn

There is an ice cream stall at Dovedale car park (not National Trust).

There are no litter bins along Dovedale valley so please take your litter home with you.



Ilam Park offers a small bookable classroom, woodland habitats and green space to play, as well as a permanent orienteering course and a YHA youth hostel.
In the village of Ilam is Dovedale House residential centre offering accommodation to school groups and students. 

Get in touch

To find out more please contact the National Trust estate office on 01335 350503.

The Peak District National Park Authority offer organised activities and walks for schools, including at Dovedale and Ilam Park.
The YHA Ilam Hall Youth Hostel offer a range of learning activities and team building sessions for groups staying with them. 
You can find out more about the local history of the area on the village website.