Walk Report: Dove Dale

Date: 9th Jun 2007
Stats: 14.0 miles, 2500 feet
Weather: Warm and clear, getting very warm and sunny towards the end
Trig Points: 3:
Fells: 0
Other Info: Parking on the road in Ilam if early enough. Otherwise, cheap parking with toilets opposite Izaak Walton Hotel (GR: SK147509)
Summary: Ilam, Musden Low, Soles Hill, Weag’s Bridge, Wetton Low, Stanshope, Hall Dale, Dove Dale, Ilam


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Given the beautiful weather forecast and a free choice I would have been walking in the Lakes today, but I had family commitments to fulfil. I had promised to take my daughter and her three friends to Alton Towers today, as a birthday treat. I managed to avoid going in with them, fortunately, but was limited in where I could walk, by having to collect them about 5pm. I chose a route to bag three trig points around the Dove Dale and Ilam area and was walking by about 09:30. Although this is much later than I would normally start, I had chosen a route off the much beaten track, hoping to avoid the majority of the grockles.

I parked in the little car park by Thorp Cloud, the main Dove Dale car park, but it had toilet facilities, which is always nice and its only £2 to park there all day. Much easier than the alternative, which is a road side spot in Ilam village or the more expensive car park by Ilam Hall. I would then follow footpaths (where possible, and trespass where not) to collect three trig points at Musden Low, Soles Hill and Wetton Low before dropping into Hall Dale and entering prime tourist country at Ilam Rock and walking back through Dove Dale to the car.

Dove Dale from Ilam
Thorpe Cloud and the opening of Dove Dale valley

Dove Dale from Ilam
Ilam memorial

Dove Dale from Ilam
This could be an advert for 4×4’s

Dove Dale from Ilam
Musden Low trig point

Dove Dale from Ilam
Soles Hill trig point

Dove Dale from Ilam
Abandoned building near Wetton Low

Dove Dale from Ilam
Wetton Low trig point

Dove Dale from Ilam
The path into Hall Dale

Dove Dale from Ilam
Hall Dale

Dove Dale from Ilam
Hall Dale

Dove Dale from Ilam
Rock fingers by Ilam Rock

Dove Dale from Ilam
Dove Dale stepping stones – there’s a queue at each side!

lonewalker

Fell-walker, trig-pointer, peak-bagger, Wainwright-er & Pennine Way author, with a passion for long paths, malt whisky, fast cars & Man City

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