England: Peak District – Ilam and Dovedale walk

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Last week I told you about our first walk in the beautiful English Peak District (which you can read here). Guess what… today it’s all about the second walk we did whilst on holiday in the Peak District last year in April! Last week I tried to convince you guys in visiting England… now I just know that after this post you’ll all be absolutely in love with England and you will all cancel those Costa Brava and south of France trips you have booked 🙂

The start of our second walk was in beautiful, picturesque Ilam. Ilam (pronounced eye-lamb) is situated beside the River Manifold, close to the Dovedale Gorge and near Bunster Hill and Thorpe Cloud. Steep pastures border the village which has Alpine style cottages and a quaint little church.

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It’s obvious I had been sweating by then… look at my hair 😀

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In Ilam you can also find Ilam Hall, which is a youth hostel. Now what a magnificent setting for a youth hostel… you get to stay in a 17th century gothic manor which sits in National Trust parkland.

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Now this walk was quite strenuous at the beginning. We had to climb these vast, fresh green but very steep pastures and we had to stop to catch our breath several times. It may have been only the beginning of April, but we were sweating so much… I cannot imagine doing this walk on a hot August day… please make sure to take plenty of water with you!

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After climbing up those vast pastures, it was time for some woodland… going all the way down now towards the river Dove. At the end we were treated by a flat footpath next to the river. At one point we had to cross the river making use of the Stepping Stones. At the time of our visit it wasn’t too crowded as it was in April. I can imagine however it being very busy and crowded in July and August…

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Stepping stones to cross the river.

This second walk was so different from the first walk we did. I thought it was really beautiful and although it was quite hard at the beginning, we were treated with so many great views that we didn’t mind stopping every half a mile to catch our breath… it gave us the chance to take in the beauty of the Peak during springtime…

Would you visit or have you ever visited England (and by England I do not mean London…)? Where did you go or would you like to go?

Love, Kathleen

Here you can read all about a walk we did in the Eiffel region in Germany last August.

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Soaking up those views (and taking well needed stops to catch some breath!)…

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