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Dovedale, Ashbourne

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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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  • Beautiful place to stroll in the typical English nature, suitable even for young children, by several strokes with the stroller. Very characteristic the crossing of the River on the "stepping stones" that are always well kept and easily traversable.
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  • We had extraordinary weather. 21 degrees in April. Amazing day out. Really lovely walk with the kids in tow. People with dogs should clear up their mess. Not a lot but it's not nice to have kids playi...  more »
  • We walked from Tissington, having got there by bus. It was a Saturday so the place was over-run. Beautiful, but there are many other dales as nice and far less crowded.  more »