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Peak Limestone

A tourist honeypot with a good series of crags and caves on both banks of a leafy, limestone dale with a stunning river running through it.

Crag information
Climbing Area: Peak District Rock Type: Limestone
Importance: Regional CRoW Land: No
Ownership: National Trust No. of Routes: 250
Within National Park: Yes Year Developed: 1950
Grid Reference: SK145527

Restrictions apply from 15 March - 30 June.

Reason: Nesting Birds

Peregrines are nesting at Tissington Spires - please avoid all routes on South Gully Buttress (Zulu Dawn to Amoeba inclusive) during the restriction period.

Parking and Approach

There are two main car parks for Dovedale:

  • If heading to the northen end of the dale, the best parking is the currently free PDNPA car park at Milldale.
  • If aiming for the southern end, the main Dovedale car park between Ilam and Thorpe (which is now in National Trust ownership) is best. This is free to use for NT members, £3.50/4 hours or £5 all day and open 0900-1930 (with automatic bollards allowing exit but not entry after 1700). The alternative for late arrivals is to park in Ilam with a longer walk, or approach from Milldale.

For climbers approaching from the south and wanting to climb on crags on the west side of the river (Dovedale Castle, Dovedale Church etc) there are two possible approaches. Either follow the main footpath through the dale and wade across the river underneath your chosen crag, or alternatively jump the metal gate next to the stepping stones which gives access to a (overgrown and hard to see in summer) track on the west side of the river. Regardless of which route you use, please keep a low profile as whilst the National Trust are very happy for climbers to use these routes, they don’t want to encourage the general public to follow.

CRoW Information

Some parts of the dale are Open Access land. See map here;

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