Dovedale Walk: The White Peak (7 miles/12 km)
I must have been in my twenties when I first discovered Dovedale and I find I’m still discovering new experiences each time I return. This walk is ideal for doing on a summer’s morning culminating with a picnic by the water: it would be perfect as a family walk (though testing for some kids I imagaine). It does get busy however, so if you’re going to make a visit, I’d suggest coming mid-week and avoiding it on the weekends!
This actual route combines the open sheep-grazed pastures of the local hills with the lush depths of this iconic valley. It also manages to tick off a visit to Reynard’s Cave (and numerous others along the way) as well as having the summit of Thorpe Cloud to tick off. My advice is to walk this anti-clockwise and thus savour the delights of Dovedale and the summit of Thorpe Cloud for the finale!