Winter at Ilam Park

Open daily throughout the winter, Ilam Park makes an ideal spot for walks with family and friends, and the chance to take in views far and wide of the limestone landscape. Whether you are looking for a moment of calm, crisp and peaceful winter walks, or stunning winter scenery, all are on offer.

Choose to escape the madness of the festive season or make it part of your celebrations with a walk, special time outdoors, or a tasty seasonal treat in the tearoom. 

Winter Trail at Ilam Park

Wrap up and explore Ilam Park on a self-guided family trail. Spot hidden clues, winter wildlife, and complete a few fun challenges along the way. Dogs on leads welcome to join in too.

Winter walks

There are endless options for walks in the area, ranging from easy circular walks to those a little more demanding. Dogs on leads are always welcome and the cosy tearoom serves a range of hot lunches, cakes and drinks - a nice way to warm up and treat yourself.

The haunting stillness of a winter landscape at Ilam Park
Fog, winter darkness and frost at Ilam Park
The haunting stillness of a winter landscape at Ilam Park

There is a one-mile circular walk in Ilam Park which is ideal for families and dog walkers.

If you would like to walk with others and explore more of the local area, join one of our free 'drop in' walks offered each Monday and Friday morning. The walks depart at 11.00am from the stableyard at Ilam Park and are led by a team of friendly volunteers. Dogs on leads welcome.

The low winter sun adds to the beauty of Dovedale
Along the River Dove with trees and winter sunlight
The low winter sun adds to the beauty of Dovedale


Go orienteering

Warm up with an outdoor challenge in Ilam Park this winter. Orienteering is a popular family activity and can be as competitive as you make it! Just pick up the map from the shop (£1.50) then see if you can find the marker points scattered across the parkland. 

Festive food and gifts

The Manifold Tearoom at Ilam Park offers cosy indoor seating and outdoor seating with far reaching views towards Thorpe Cloud. Serving favourites including Derbyshire oatcakes, Derbyshire tealoaf and cream teas, the tearoom is a perfect place to stop after your winter stroll. Open daily through the winter (except 24 & 25 December).

Enjoy a mince pie and a hot drink in the Manifold Tearoom
Mince pies are served in the Manifold Tearoom in December
Enjoy a mince pie and a hot drink in the Manifold Tearoom

The cosy shop in the stableblock at Ilam Park has festive gifts, cards, maps, toys and our popular wool blankets. Every purchase goes towards looking after Ilam Park and Dovedale. .and National Trust membership can also be bought here. Open daily through the winter (except 24 & 25 December).