|Date:||9th Jun 2007|
|Stats:||14.0 miles, 2500 feet|
|Weather:||Warm and clear, getting very warm and sunny towards the end|
|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|
Key to symbols:
= Trig Point = Summits
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.
Thorpe Cloud and the opening of Dove Dale valley
This could be an advert for 4×4’s
Musden Low trig point
Soles Hill trig point
Abandoned building near Wetton Low
Wetton Low trig point
The path into Hall Dale
Rock fingers by Ilam Rock
Dove Dale stepping stones – there’s a queue at each side!