Spring Discoveries in April
There are plenty of things to see and do during the school holidays at Ilam Park and Dovedale. Get your wellies on and explore on the Cadbury Egg Hunt at Ilam Park, go on a walk to the famous stepping stones in Dovedale, or have a go at orienteering.
- Explore and play on the Spring Discovery Trail at Ilam Park - a self led trail that will take you to top spots for playing pooh sticks, spotting lambs, seeing carpets of wild garlic and bird watching. The trail is less than a mile and will take most families an hour to complete. Pick up a trail sheet from the shop for £1. Available daily through April, except the Easter bank holiday weekend.
- Visit Dovedale, the limestone valley where you'll discover the famous stepping stones crossing the River Dove. On the river you may spot dipper, heron, ducks and brown trout in the crystal clear water.
The valley is grazed by sheep so keep a look out for lambs and don't forget to keep your dog on a lead to avoid disturbing the farmers' animals.
As you walk along the footpath in Dovedale, look up and you'll spot huge limestone caves, arches and pinnacles, rising high above the river.
- The Cadbury Egg Hunt at Ilam Park is ideal for families of all ages and is available 14 - 17 April daily, 11am to 4pm. The self led trail through the woods and by the River Manifold will include spring challenges and at the end of the trail you will get your Cadbury chocolate prize. There is a shorter route available for toddlers and dogs on leads are welcome to join in too. No booking needed, however please be aware this event can be busy so if you prefer a quieter walk in Ilam Park you may prefer to visit outside of the Easter weekend. £3 per child, with all proceeds helping to look after Ilam Park.
Not near Ilam Park at Easter? There are Cadbury Egg Hunts available across the country at National Trust properties, find out where here.
- Orienteering is a great way to explore outdoors and is especially popular with older children and teenagers. Pick up an orienteering map from the shop for £1.50 and do the course in your own time, at your own pace. The permanent course in Ilam Park is across the parkland and includes slopes making it unsuitable for buggies or prams. Dogs are welcome to join in but must be kept on a lead as the course passes through lambs.
- Pick up a free 50 Things scrapbook from Dovedale Barn or Ilam Park visitor centre this April and have a go at ticking off some of the fun outdoor things like making a grass trumpet, hunting for fossils, making a trail with sticks and climbing a huge hill. Find out more about 50 Things here.