3 October 2021
Start at Thorpe and descend into Lin Dale. There is an option to go up Thorpe Cloud here whilst the main group walk down Lin Dale to the Stepping Stones in Dovedale where we will regroup. (We do not cross the stepping stones).
The main walk will then climb steeply up to the high path above the dale which we will follow before descending again into Dovedale at Dove Holes. We will then follow the river into Milldale. Those not wishing to take the high route can enjoy a leisurely walk along the dale meeting the main group at Milldale. Lunch will be here at Milldale where there are toilets and a kiosk selling drinks and snacks.
After lunch we leave Milldale and head for Stanhope then there is another choice of route. The main group will walk to Wetton before picking up the path above the Manifold to the Castern Wood Nature Reserve. Those wishing to take a shorter option can miss Wetton and walk over the fields to join the group again at the Nature Reserve where there is a lovely view of the Manifold Valley. From here we will make for Ilam Hall where there should be time for a drink at the National Trust Tea shop.
After tea we will walk along the fields beside the river Manifold and return to Thorpe where there may be time for a drink in The Old Dog before a 6.30 .
Distance approx 13 miles for the full route.