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Dovedale, Ashbourne

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Valley Geologic Formation
Dovedale is a valley in the Peak District of England. The land is owned by the National Trust, and annually attracts a million visitors. The valley was cut by the River Dove and runs for just over 3mi between Milldale in the north and a wooded ravine near Thorpe Cloud and Bunster Hill in the south. In the wooded ravine, a set of stepping stones cross the river, and there are two caves known as the Dove Holes.Dovedale's other attractions include rock pillars such as Ilam Rock, Viator's Bridge, and the limestone features Lovers' Leap and Reynard's Cave.HistoryThe limestone rock that forms the geology of Dovedale is the fossilised remains of sea creatures that lived in a shallow sea over the area during the Carboniferous period, about 350 million years ago. During the two ice ages, the limestone was cut into craggy shapes known as reef limestone by the melting ice, and dry caves such as Dove Holes and Reynard's Kitchen Cave were formed.The caves were used as shelters by hunters around 13,000 BCE, and Dovedale has seen continuous human activity since. Around 4,500 years ago Neolithic farmers used the caves as tombs. There is evidence from Reynard's Cave of Bronze Age activity and artifacts found there are displayed at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery.
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  • Have been here many times and just love it. The £3 parking is not bad compared to NT car parks elsewhere. To escape the crowds and use your legs and lungs, head up over Thorpe Cloud. Either turn right...  more »
  • Visited Dovedale today, and was surprised how beautiful the views are, it's a lovely walk along the stream and over the stepping stones, we walked for about an hour taking in the views! Couldn't find ...  more »
  • had a short walk down the dove,in lovely weather.it;s a lovely place for a ramble,but make sure you get there early,otherwise it might seem like a parade,with the hordes of other people.i managed to s...  more »

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