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Ilam Park, owned by The National Trust is open all year and is the starting point for this easy walk.
Enjoy a delicious hot drink in the Manifold Tea Room (maybe even a scrummy slice of cake to set you up for the day) before setting off on your walk. The views just from the tea room garden are amazing look out onto the spectacular Thorpe Cloud, with it's famous Dovedale Stepping Stones lie at the foot of this hill.
Leaving the park you’ll walk through Ilam village with its pretty Alpine style cottages (a surprising and unexpected sight in the Peak District) and church, then away across the fields passing by the Izaak Walton Hotel named after the author of The Compleat Angler, who fished the River Dove in the mid-17th century.
Dropping down to the road, turn left and walk along the path with the River Dove on your right until you reach the Stepping Stones (put in place in the middle of the 19th century, the stones have long been a magnet for visitors to the area).
No visit to Dovedale is complete without hopping across the Stepping Stones, being careful not to misjudge your step!
Upon crossing the river you can continue your walk a little further along the path, or even tackle the dizzying heights of Thorpe Cloud. Alternatively you can simply retrace your steps, heading back to Ilam to refuel with more tea and homemade cake, and don’t forget to have a nose around the shop, stocked with seasonal gifts, walking guides, maps, toys and the obligatory souvenirs.