Spring highlights

Sheep and lambs in Ilam Park

The White Peak is waking up this month, with carpets of wild garlic offering a sensory woodland walk in Ilam Park, young lambs taking their first steps in the fields and birdlife along the river Dove.

Spring discoveries at Ilam Park and Dovedale

  • The 3 mile route between the Stepping Stones and Milldale will reveal birds beside the river, woodland flowers and you'll meet young lambs along the path too. Stop at Lover's Leap and spot buzzards gliding above you.
  • The Manifold Tea-room at Ilam Park is open daily 10.30 - 5 serving breakfast baps, lunches, cream teas and childrens' lunch boxes. A great spot to sit in the gardens and take in the views towards Thorpe Cloud after a walk. If it's a bit chilly, borrow a blanket to keep you warm.
  • Dogs are always welcome and you'll find water bowls and parking points near the toilets and tea-room. To minimise disturbance to the sheep and lambs we ask that dogs are kept on leads during your visit. Please note, assistance dogs only inside the tea-room.
  • The caravan site is open, providing 20 quiet pitches with views onto the parkland and the young lambs. A great base for spring walks and exploring the Peak District. Dogs are welcome to stay at the caravan site. For all enquiries and bookings, please speak to our friendly site volunteers on 01335 350310.
  • Why not see the area from a different angle and take a walk up Bunster hill? You'll get panoramic views of Ilam village and the limestone landscape.

  • Take a sensory walk through Ilam Park, with carpets of wild garlic emerging amongst the woodland paths. You'll spot lambs too, due to arrive from mid-March onwards.

  • You may meet our rangers and volunteers on your walk, this month they will be carrying out maintenance on footpaths, stiles and gates across the White Peak area.