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The Stepping Stones of the River Dove

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by Erin (subscribe)
I travel as much as possible at home and abroad. I'm always ready for new experiences
Published December 7th 2012
Enjoy a day out in the fresh Dovedale countryside
Dovedale is part of the Peak District National Park in the Midlands. The most famous feature is the River Dove, which winds through the valley flanked by steep cliffs, caves, hiking paths, and beautiful scenery. Popular amongst walkers, ramblers, and cliff climbers, the Dove Valley is attractive to outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and abilities.

Walking in the Dove Valley. Photo by Erin Connelly.


Hiking paths surrounded by limestone cliffs run along the River Dove. The riverside paths are accessible to walkers of all abilities, but more challenging routes around Thorpe Cloud or through the river itself are available (see, for instance, the Long Distance Walkers Association guide to walks around the Dove Valley).

Path to the Stepping Stones. Photo by Erin Connelly.


Limestone cliffs. Photo by Erin Connelly.


The Stepping Stones are a famous landmark of the River Dove. They were created by the Victorians to help visitors more easily cross the river. The stones are located between two iconic hills: Thorpe Cloud and Bunster Hill. Crossing the stones is still a fun activity for visitors today and requires very little skill. Although, depending on the time of year and amount of rainfall, you may end up with wet feet from stones submerged beneath the river.

Stepping stones on a summer day. Photo by DJ Dunsie.


View of Stepping Stones from top of Thorpe Cloud. Photo by John Lemay.


The Stepping Stones Walking Guide produced by the National Trust is perfect for the tourist up from the city. The walking guide is a 2.5 mile round trip walk to the most scenic and memorable sites along the River Dove. More ambitious walks are always available via the numerous walking societies in the area.

Exploring the River Dove is the perfect activity for a day trip or weekend away from city life.

Rural Dovedale. Photo by Erin Connelly.


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Why? Explore the iconic sites of this idyllic river valley.
When: All year round
Where: Stepping Stones, Peak District National Park, Thorpe, Derbyshire, DE6 2AW
Cost: Free
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