Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge

A long but classic walk through stunning Dove Dale and the Manifold Valley


Route outline for walk s238:

Weag's Bridge  -  River Manifold  -  Beeston Tor Farm  -  River Hamps  -  Soles Coppice  -  Old Soles Wood  -  Hell Hole  -  Lee House  -  Farwell Farm  -  Calton  -  Carlton Green  -  Rushley Wood  -  Musden Wood  -  Rushley  -  Ilam Country Park  -  Ilam  -  River Dove  -  Dovedale Castle  -  Dove Dale  -  The River Dove  -  Stepping Stones  -  Lover's Leap  -  Tissington Spires  -  Shaplow Dale,Natural Arch  -  Raynard's Cave  -  Upper Taylor's Wood  -  Dove Holes  -  Viator's Bridge  -  Milldale  -  Alstonefield  -  Wetton  -  Thor's Cave  -  Weag's Bridge



Points of Interest/Notes on this walk:

For much of the year the River Manifold appears dry. In fact it runs underground from Wettonmill to Ilam taking 22 hours to cover the 4 miles.

This walk is on Ordnance Survey Maps:

OS Explorer Map OL24
1:25,000 scale (Orange Covers)

OS Landranger Map 119
1:50,000 scale (Pink Covers)


Some Photos and Pictures from Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge

In no particular order . . .

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - The entrance to Thor's Cave

The entrance to Thor's Cave

Photo: Bob Ferguson (2)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Wetton Village Church

Wetton Village Church

Photo: Michael Davidson (31)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Wide lorry in a narrow lane near Alstonefield

Wide lorry in a narrow lane near Alstonefield

Photo: Don Ritchie (53)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Dove Dale near Milldale,

Dove Dale near Milldale,

Photo: Janice Black (12)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - The River Dove, Dove Dale

The River Dove, Dove Dale

Photo: Mike Talbot (2)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Inside Thor's Cave

Inside Thor's Cave

Photo: Bob Ferguson (6)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Milldale Village

Milldale Village

Photo: Janet Macgraw (2)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Ilam Bridge, Ilam, Dove Dale

Ilam Bridge, Ilam, Dove Dale

Photo: Angela Hornby (4)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - The River Dove, Dove Dale near Milldale,

The River Dove, Dove Dale near Milldale,

Photo: Janice Black (18)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Lunch at Ilam Hall

Lunch at Ilam Hall

Photo: Darren Young (3)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Inside Thor's Cave

Inside Thor's Cave

Photo: Bob Ferguson (7)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Ilam Rock, Dove Dale near Milldale,

Ilam Rock, Dove Dale near Milldale,

Photo: Janice Black (16)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Bridge carrying the Watercress Line near Alton

Bridge carrying the Watercress Line near Alton

Photo: Peter Inglesfield (9)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Ilam Rock Bridge, Dove Dale near Milldale,

Ilam Rock Bridge, Dove Dale near Milldale,

Photo: Janice Black (15)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Alston Railway Station Signal Box

Alston Railway Station Signal Box

Photo: Mike Slater (5)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Tissington Spires, Dove Dale

Tissington Spires, Dove Dale

Photo: Darren Young (1)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Baby Tyrannosaurus Rex Dinosaur in Alstonefield

Baby Tyrannosaurus Rex Dinosaur in Alstonefield

Photo: Don Ritchie (54)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Inside Thor's Cave

Inside Thor's Cave

Photo: Bob Ferguson (3)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Dove Holes in Dove Dale near Milldale,

Dove Holes in Dove Dale near Milldale,

Photo: Janice Black (14)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Old water pump in Alstonefield

Old water pump in Alstonefield

Photo: Don Ritchie (55)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Ilam Rock Bridge with Ilam Rock beyond, Dove Dale near Milldale,

Ilam Rock Bridge with Ilam Rock beyond, Dove Dale near Milldale,

Photo: Janice Black (17)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Cairn near Wetton Reservoir, NW of Wetton village

Cairn near Wetton Reservoir, NW of Wetton village

Photo: Michael Davidson (32)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Gratton Hill from near Alstonefield

Gratton Hill from near Alstonefield

Photo: Don Ritchie (51)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Narrowdale Hill (right) and Gratton Hill (right) from near Alstonefield

Narrowdale Hill (right) and Gratton Hill (right) from near Alstonefield

Photo: Don Ritchie (49)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Alston Church

Alston Church

Photo: Mike Slater (1)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Stepping Stones across the River Dove in Dove Dale

Stepping Stones across the River Dove in Dove Dale

Photo: Brian Lunn (2)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Green Well, Alstonefield

Green Well, Alstonefield

Photo: Don Ritchie (57)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Inside Thor's Cave

Inside Thor's Cave

Photo: Bob Ferguson (4)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Dove Dale near Milldale,

Dove Dale near Milldale,

Photo: Janice Black (13)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Inside Thor's Cave

Inside Thor's Cave

Photo: Bob Ferguson (5)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Inside another cave above Thor's Cave

Inside another cave above Thor's Cave

Photo: Bob Ferguson (10)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Milldale Village from Achas Bank,

Milldale Village from Achas Bank,

Photo: Janice Black (9)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Thor's Tor and Thor's Cave in The Manifold-Valley

Thor's Tor and Thor's Cave in The Manifold-Valley

Photo: Bob Ferguson (15)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Alston Railway Station

Alston Railway Station

Photo: Mike Slater (3)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Alstonefield Village

Alstonefield Village

Photo: Don Ritchie (58)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Inside another cave above Thor's Cave

Inside another cave above Thor's Cave

Photo: Bob Ferguson (11)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - The Manifold Valley from Thor's Cave

The Manifold Valley from Thor's Cave

Photo: Bob Ferguson (8)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - The beautiful evening light on the Staffordshire Dales near Alstonefield

The beautiful evening light on the Staffordshire Dales near Alstonefield

Photo: Don Ritchie (52)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Dove Dale Stepping Stones across the River Dove

Dove Dale Stepping Stones across the River Dove

Photo: Brian Lunn (3)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - More caves above Thor's Cave

More caves above Thor's Cave

Photo: Bob Ferguson (9)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - The White Peak countryside above Milldale

The White Peak countryside above Milldale

Photo: Steven Armitage (1)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Milldale Bridge and River Dove

Milldale Bridge and River Dove

Photo: Janet Macgraw (1)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Narrowdale Hill (left) and the shoulder of Gratton Hill (right) from near Alstonefield

Narrowdale Hill (left) and the shoulder of Gratton Hill (right) from near Alstonefield

Photo: Don Ritchie (50)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Alston Railway Station Name Plaque

Alston Railway Station Name Plaque

Photo: Mike Slater (2)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Milldale Village

Milldale Village

Photo: Martin White (2)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - The River Manifold

The River Manifold

Photo: Terry Howard (27)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Alston Railway Station Signal

Alston Railway Station Signal

Photo: Mike Slater (4)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Looking up to Thorpe Cloud from Dove Dale

Looking up to Thorpe Cloud from Dove Dale

Photo: Brian Lunn (1)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - The Lower River Dove from Ilam Bridge, Ilam, Dove Dale

The Lower River Dove from Ilam Bridge, Ilam, Dove Dale

Photo: Angela Hornby (5)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Milldale

Milldale

Photo: Martin White (1)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Green Well, Alstonefield

Green Well, Alstonefield

Photo: Don Ritchie (56)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Staffordshire countryside near Alstonefield

Staffordshire countryside near Alstonefield

Photo: Don Ritchie (48)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Dove Dale from Achas Bank above Milldale,

Dove Dale from Achas Bank above Milldale,

Photo: Janice Black (10)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - The River Manifold below Thor's Cave

The River Manifold below Thor's Cave

Photo: Bob Ferguson (1)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Dove Dale from Achas Bank above Milldale,

Dove Dale from Achas Bank above Milldale,

Photo: Janice Black (11)

Walk s238 Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Milldale, Alstonefield and Wetton from Weag's Bridge - Milldale Village,

Milldale Village,

Photo: Janice Black (8)


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