Dove Dale - Peak District Walk

Wednesday 20th June 2007

As it finally stopped raining I decided to head out to Dove Dale and climb up Bunster Hill's ridge. Rather than just walk along Dove Dale's valley floor I opted for a mixture of high and low level walking, heading up just beyond Dove Holes to follow a faint and often over-grown path which returned to the valley floor at Lovers Leap. The rest of the route was along more obvious and well-travelled paths.

Start: Milldale car park (SK 1363 5477)

Route: Milldale car park - Dove Dale - Upper Taylors Wood - Lovers Leap - Dove Dale - Bunster Hill - Dovedale Wood - Ilam Rock - Dove Dale - Milldale car park

Distance: 7.25 miles     Ascent: 603 metres      Time Taken: 5 hours

Weather: Warm with a mixture of clouds and sunshine.

Pub Visited: None    Ale Drunk: None

Route Map >>


Shining Tor

Shining Tor from the tiny hamlet of Milldale.

Ravens Tor

The first real feature in Dove Dale (from Milldale), Ravens Tor.

Dove Holes

The smaller of the two caves at Dove Holes.

Hall Dale

Hall Dale seen after climbing up and out of Upper Taylor's Wood.

Dove Dale

Looking in the opposite direction along Dove Dale.

Dove Dale

Looking back along the top of Dove Dale from above Reynard's Cave. The faint path I followed across the top is next to the wall.

Thorpe Cloud

Thorpe Cloud.

Stepping Stones

The stepping stones in Dove Dale, which I crossed today.

Bunster Hill

The lower part of Bunster Hill, which was covered in thistles.

Bunster Hill

The much steeper second part of Bunster Hill.

Bunster Hill

Looking back down Bunster Hill from near the summit.

Bunster Hill's summit

Dove Dale from the summit of Bunster Hill.

Bunster Hill & Thorpe Cloud

The alternative summit of Bunster Hill (L) and Thorpe Cloud (R), from Bunster Hill.

Tissington Spires

Tissington Spires from Air Cottage.

River Dove

River Dove.

Pickering Tor

Pickering Tor.

Ilam Rock

Ilam Rock.


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