Dove Dale - Peak District Walk

Tuesday 17th January 2006

Today's walk was planned as a gentle stroll through Dove Dale to help me recover from yesterdays painful trip to the dentist. Dove Dale, which is the first place I ever remember walking in as a child, was peaceful and I often found myself walking alone. What stood out today was the amazing rock formations that can be seen throughout the dale, all the more obvious because the trees are bare at the moment. I hadn't planned to go to the top of Thorpe Cloud but having sat looking at it whilst I ate my sandwiches the temptation to go up it from Lin Dale was too great (it was only a short climb after all) and the views were certainly worth it.

Start: Alsop Station car park (SK 1559 5481)

Route: Alsop Station - Milldale - Dove Dale - Lin Dale - Thorpe Cloud - Thorpe - Tissington Trail - Alsop Station

Distance: 10 miles     Ascent: 518 metres      Time Taken: 4 hrs 45 mins

Weather: Overcast with some sunny spells.

Pub Visited: None    Ale Drunk: None

Route Map >>


River Dove from Milldale

The river Dove is in full flow from the bridge at Milldale.

Baley Hill

Baley Hill is the first significant feature that greets you as you enter Dove Dale.

Ravens Tor

The first of many rocky outcrops, this is Ravens Tor.

From Dove Holes

From the entrance to Dove Holes you can see why this part of the Peak District is called the White Peak.

Ilam Rock

Ilam Rock................

Pickering Tor

........ and opposite it Pickering Tor.

Natural Arch

The natural arch high above Dove Dale.

Tissington Spires

Tissington Spires.

Thorpe Cloud

Thorpe Cloud from Dove Dale.

Stepping stones across the river Dove

The Stepping Stones that cross the river Dove.

Lin Dale

Looking back down Lin Dale from Thorpe Pastures.

Thorpe Cloud

Thorpe Cloud from Lin Dale, the point at which I simply had to stand on top of it.

Thorpe Cloud's summit

Thorpe Cloud's summit with Derbyshire disappearing into the distance.

Dove Dale

Dove Dale can be clearly made out from the summit of Thorpe Cloud.

Tissington Trail

The Tissington Trail often seems to be never ending, especially when there are no leaves or flowers to be seen.


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