This stone building on Ecton Hill in the Manifold valley holds a special story and now we can share this through open afternoons and guided tours. The engine house also opens up for an afternoon as part of Heritage Open Days each September.
Volunteers provide a friendly welcome to visitors arriving at Dovedale, at the mobile Dovedale Barn. You will find it beside the river Dove and bridge from April until October each year.
Money raised from the sales of maps and souvenirs goes towards caring for this National Nature Reserve.
Hidden treasure uncovered
The Dovedale Hoard was announced by John Craven on BBC Countryfile in July 2014.
The precious hoard of Roman and Late Iron Age coins were discovered in a cave in Dovedale where they had lain undisturbed for more than 2,000 years. The coins are now on public display at Buxton Museum.
Staff and volunteers at Ilam Park are creating a new orchard and fruit growing area with local and heritage varities of trees near the Manifold Tea-room. Eventually the fruit can be used by the tea-room staff in their recipes.