Dovedale Circular Walk

Start: Dovedale

Finish: Dovedale

Length: 9.65 km / 6 miles

Weather: Very hot and sunny

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On a hot summers day it's best to arrive early to avoid the crowds who flock to Dovedale, Peak District.

 

The trusty No Through Roads book had a nice pictorial route.

 

I followed the route with an OS map of the area.

 

The view up Dovedale at the start of the walk.

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The ever-popular stepping stones with Thorpe Cloud in the background.

dovedale stepping stones

 

Tissington Spires.

Tissington Spires

 

Reynard's Cave. This dramatic site is thought to have been used during pre-historic times and, more recently, was named after a highwayman who lived in it

Reynard's Cave

 

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Ilam Rock and the footbridge that I crossed. During the two ice ages, the limestone was cut into craggy shapes. Ilam Rock is about 25m high

Ilam Rock

 

Hall Dale.

 

Further up Hall Dale.

 

At the top of Hall Dale.

 

Calvatia gigantea, commonly known as the giant puffball, spotted in the middle of a field full of sheep, near to Damgate.

 

 

A stile near to Moor Plantation, looking towards Bunster Hill.

 

 

Another view of Thorpe Cloud.

 

 

A good view of the last two fields that lead back to Dovedale car park and the end of the walk.