🌞Level 2/3⛅12 mile Walk⛅Ashbourne Ilam Bunster Hill Dovedale Mappleton🌞
August 26 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
*This walk is accessible by bus.
This 12 mile scenic walk promises spectacular views. It starts with a walk through the Ashbourne Tunnel from where we emerge at the start of the Tissington Trail. We walk briefly along the trail, leaving it to join a path to the Village of Mappleton.
We then follow the River Dove all the way to Coldwell Bridge. From where we follow a meandering path through woodland to the lush meadows by the River that lead to the pretty Village of Ilam. An ice-cream van awaits us!
Time for an ice-cream break to prepare us for our steady steep climb up Bunster Hill..
The views at the top are stunning. A perfect lunch stop.
We descend Bunster Hill heading for the Izaak Walton Hotel and down to the main path in Dovedale.
Instead of heading off to the stepping Stones, we cross the bridge turning right and follow the pretty River path and through fields back to Mappleton Village. We then walk up a steep path through fields eventually dropping down to the road leading back to the Tissington Trail.
This is a hilly undulating walk with a couple of steep ascents and descents.
It’s suitable for people who are used to more challenging terrain and walking longer distances. As always, we’ll have breaks and catching up points along the way.
Good walking boots are essential and a walking pole is helpful to get you up and down the steep Bunster Hill.
Bring a packed lunch and plenty of water.
Dogs are always welcome 😊 🐾🐾🐾
Toilets at the start of the walk 5 minutes from the carpark, and at the main carpark in Dovedale which is 20p
A group meal will be booked in Ashbourne
This walk is accessible by bus
For those travelling by bus:
Catch the 9.35 Red Arrow bus to Derby from Victoria Centre arriving 10.10
Catch the Swift to Ashbourne at 10.30 from Bay 24 arriving Ashbourne at 11.00
5 minute walk straight down the road to the carpark meeting point opposite the station Hotel
5.20 from Ashbourne arriving Derby 5.50
6.15 Red arrow to Notts
Car sharing is beneficial for everyone so please offer a lift if possible.
Any problems or queries