Dovedale continues to attract over a million visitors every year. If you haven’t yet seen it and you enjoy walking then you’re in for a treat. It’s a valley in the Peak District which is owned by the National Trust and the river Dove passes through it. The route runs for just over three miles and starts at Dovedale car park where you’ll find toilets and also stalls to buy ice-cream and drinks. If the weather has been dry for some time you may not need stout footwear but it would be advisable to bring something more suitable if not. The car park is right on the edge of the river Dove and you simply need to turn right when you come out of the car park and your on your way.
It’s a great day out for all the family and the kids just love to paddle in the shallow waters around the stepping stones. Unfortunately, its not really ideal for push chairs because there are a couple of places during the walk where you might need to do some lifting whilst ascending some stone steps. There are however, incentives of more ice-cream when you reach Milldale in the north. You could do the this walk in around 2 hours there and back. Suggest you allow a lot more time to take in the beautiful scenery that you’ll encounter along the way. You could even think about taking some grub and ‘lashings of ginger beer’.
Dovedale Stepping Stones, grid ref: SK152514