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Dovedale - a 9 mile walk along the Tissington Trail. 09th August 2014

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It had been over two years since we visited the peak District the Uk’s oldest national Park, so we planed a visit to Dovedale and to walk through the Limestone Ravine. The start place for the 9 mile walk was the lovely stone cottage village of Milldale (Map) there is a small national trust hut there and if you get there early you will find a free car-park (Map) just a short distance from the village. The River Dove flows through Milldale and its how the gorge got its name, we headed uphill crossing over the river and walking in some truly beautiful countryside. The gradient was very steep to start with but it soon flattens out after you cross the high point of Shining Torr, Dovedale is a very busy place but on the high points we were alone for most of the time, with only sheep and birds around us. A great trip out into the Derbyshire Dales but this route can get very busy around the Dovedale part especially on a hot day, but only near the car parks. We had a picnic on top of lovers leap and it made a great walk, give it a try.

The route took us along the Tissington Trail.
The Tissington Trail is a bridleway and walk/cycle path in Derbyshire, England. Opened in 1971, and now a part of the National Cycle Network, it runs for 13 miles (21 km) from Parsley Hay (53.1706°N 1.7828°W) in the north to Ashbourne (53.0196°N 1.7397°W) in the south, along part of the trackbed of the former railway line connecting Ashbourne to Buxton. It takes its name from the village of Tissington, which it skirts.

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This village is certainly a high point of the walk,
Tissington is a village in Derbyshire, England. It is part of the estate of Tissington Hall, owned by the FitzHerbert family since 1465. It is regarded as one of the most picturesque English villages and is a popular tourist attraction, particularly during its well dressing week. It also gives its name to the Tissington Trail, a 13-mile (21 km) walk and cycle path which passes nearby. The Limestone Way, another long-distance path and bridleway, passes through the village itself.

Dovedale is a valley in the Peak District of England.[1] The land is owned by the National Trust, and annually attracts a million visitors.[2] The valley was cut by the River Dove and runs for just over 3 miles (5 km) between Milldale in the north and a wooded ravine near Thorpe Cloud and Bunster Hill in the south.[3] In the wooded ravine, a set of stepping stones cross the river,[4] and there are two caves known as the Dove Holes.
Dovedale's other attractions include rock pillars such as Ilam Rock,
[5] Viator's Bridge, and the limestone features Lovers' Leap and Reynard's Cave