Peak District Practice Run (04-06/05/13)

Peak District Practice Run (04-06/05/13)

As I’d never been away walking before, the idea of this weekend was to have an easy practice run before attempting some more adventurous walks later on in the year.

imageWalk 1: Dovedale (mostly) avoiding the crowds

For this easy 7 miles walk we parked in the Dovedale carpark (DE6 2AY) and headed across the footbridge to tackle the distinctive summit of Thorpe Cloud (the flat topped hill at the entrance to the valley) This is a very achievable short climb and provides the first photo opportunity. Thorpe Cloud

From the top, we headed down the track towards the famous stepping stones. Staying on the right hand side of the river, we followed the path (admittedly on a Bank Holiday weekend this stretch was busy) for a couple of hundred metres but were soon able to leave the crowds behind. Taking the clear path on the right hand side up to Lover’s Leap, we were soon rewarded with great views and the added bonus of a bit of solitude! From the top we turned left and followed the high level path along the river heading North towards Milldale.

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We were only a couple of hundred metres or so above the busy valley floor, yet we had this path pretty much to ourselves. As we neared Milldale we rejoined the path beside the river. We crossed the river at Milldale and headed back towards Dovedale. A lovely walk, although busy, there is a reason so many people come here!

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