What to expect

Walk through the wild garlic at Ilam Park

Our outdoor spaces remain open for local communities for their daily form of exercise. Please read this article to find everything you need to know about what is open and what to expect from your time spent in the White Peak. We strongly urge people to follow the latest national lockdown information from the government to help keep you and others safe.

Staying safe

To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing measures and the latest national lockdown restrictions from the government. Look out for signs while you’re here which will explain any changes to how you can access different parts of the site. There are one-way routes in place for our Stableyard Grab and Go takeaway offer, so please follow the signage and be respectful of others and our staff.

Please remember to bring hand sanitiser with you when on your local form of exercise in our countryside properties and we have hand washing facilities available in the toilets located up at the stableyard area of Ilam Park.

If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please do not visit.

Covid-19 lockdown restrictions are in place in England

The information below is provided to inform communities living in around the Peak District. As the Peak District National Trust is not a public health body, we are unable to give formal advice about visiting the area.

Following a government announcement on Monday 4 January 2021, England is now under national lockdown Covid-19 restrictions. Full information on what you can and cannot do can be found via the government coronavirus website. We strongly urge people to read all the guidance in full and adhere to the restrictions to keep you and others safe.

Parking and arrival

You now have the option to pay for parking via contactless payment on your phone or alternatively you can pay by cash but please remember to bring hand sanitiser with you. National Trust members can park for free but please remember to bring your cards with you to scan at the machines and then display a ticket in your car window. There is no need to book your car parking space but please be aware that spaces can become very limited on weekends, bank holidays and school holidays. Please park safely and responsibly and only park in designated car park spaces and not on roads or grass verges. All access points and roads must be kept clear for farm tenants and the emergency services.

These vital funds help to directly support our conservation work across the Peak District, from planting trees that help to tackle climate change, to increasing the diversity in wildflower meadows. For more FAQs around parking across National Trust sites, please visit our central page here.


Our main toilets are located within the stableyard at Ilam Park, where you will find hand washing facilities. These toilets are open Monday – Sunday from 10am – 4pm and are closed for cleaning at 11:30am and 2:30pm - please allow our staff time to do this so that these facilities can remain open and safe.

The Manifold Tea-room is currently closed whilst we explore the safest ways to re-open for our staff, volunteers and visitors.

Our Stableyard Grab and Go, located within the stableyard at Ilam Park, offers takeaway hot and cold drinks Monday – Friday from 10am - 3pm and 10am - 4pm Saturday and Sunday. There is a one-way system in place for the Stableyard Grab and Go, so follow our signage upon approach and please be aware that we are only able to accept card payments at this time. Please remember to wear a face covering before entering the Stableyard Grab and Go to keep you, our staff and others safe - thank you. Our indoor seating area remains closed at the moment but new possibilities are opening up all the time. For more FAQs around Food and Drink outlets please visit our central page here.

The Dovedale car park and toilets are not looked after by the National Trust. All other car parks in this area are managed privately or by the Peak District National Park Authority.

Mobile phone signal

Mobile phone signal is non-existent in many areas of the Peak District National Park. If you use your phone for maps and information, please make sure to download this to your phone or take photos/screenshots of all the things you need before setting off - that way you can be prepared for your local form of daily exercise. If you are a solo explorer, always make sure a friend or family member knows where you are going.