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Heritage trails

Tissington Trail

A great bike trail across the hills, stop off at Tissington and have lunch in the cafe or take a picnic. You can hire bikes at Ashbourne and at several locations along the trail including Parsley Hay.


Carsington Water

A whole range of activities, 8 mile circular trail around the Lake with bikes to hire, wind surfing, sailing, canoeing, fishing, horse riding, bird watching and an annual calendar of events and courses. Electric bikes for hire by the day. Excellent children’s adventure playground up to age 14.


Derbyshire Three Peaks Challenge


From Milldale the down-stream valley walk will take you to Thorpe and Ilam. This can be busy on warm weekends and holidays. The up-stream walk takes you to Hartington, it is less popular but a beautiful river walk.

Ilam Hall and Village

Ilam is nestled below rolling hills and has a woodland walk along the river. The hall has a National Trust tearoom and shop. Lots of good walks around the hills above Ilam.

Wetton Mill & Thors Cave

Park in Wetton (The Royal Oak is a good country pub) and follow the signs to Wetton Mill, the cave is a short walk from the village, if you follow the path down through the wood you will join the Manifold valley bike trail.


A simple short walk to stretch your legs and get a taste for the area. Go down past the church and take the footpath on your right across the fields. This will take you down to Milldale, you’ll have some stunning views over the Dovedale valley on the way. Milldale has a stone bridge over the River Dove and a small tea shop. If you take some bread you can feed the ducks.

Manifold Valley

A great river valley bike trail, park at Wetton Mill or below Grindon and take a stroll or hire a bike in Waterhouses. Very easy walking, stop at the cafe at Wetton Mill.