Monday, 13 October 2014

Beautiful Dovedale

Monday 13th October arrived at Ilam Country Park at 12 noon. 
First stop, Ilam church.

Look, Year 4! This is where you will be staying. It is just at the bottom of our driveway. 
Here we are in the middle of Ilam, about to set off on our 5 mile walk to the Stepping Stones. 
Through a squeeze stile.

Having a rest and a bite to eat by the River Dove
And trying out the stepping stones for size. Great fun!

Mind how you go...
Not a bad place to stay for a couple of nights: Ilam Youth Hostel
Our front door
Our garden
We liked this poem in the NT Manifold tearoom

We rode part of the Tissington trail
Sometimes we sat down. Sometimes we did it on purpose.
View from the Tissington Trail
Here is Rosy outside Edward & Vintage sweet shop in Tissington. Lovely shop. We spent some money there.
Front entrance to Tissington Hall
Back at Ilam, testing out their hills.
This is a weir. We saw a few.
Great place to eat a sherbet dip dab. Better than on the youth hostel carpet.
Year 4, you must get your teachers to take you to Hinckley Hollow. It's on the same site and it is a fabulous natural playground.
We think this fungus is a purple jelly disc. 
The youth hostel meals are good value and very tasty.

Rachel asked us to go out for a night time bat walk, as their year at school missed out on a lot of things during their Dovedale trip because the weather was so awful. We heard two owls talking to each other. It was very special. 
Back to the River Dove for a paddle.
And back to Tissington for coffee, hot chocolate and cake.
Can't beat walking along a drainage ditch.
On the way home we found a great park at Penkridge


  1. Wow Sarah, it looks amazing. I hope you had a fabulous time with mommy and loopsies.
    The squeeze stile looks small, I think I'd get my bottom stuck!
    Did mommy fall in off the stepping stones or did you both manage to get across safely?
    I loved the pictures of you rolling down the hill, I used to love doing that!
    I must say the natural playground looks fantabulous, I bet you had lots of fun.

  2. Oh Sarah, I wish I could have come along on your residential too. It looks like you had a great time. I will have to look up the youth hostel for a trip myself. Did you walk 5 miles for the stepping stones? Wow! Way to go!