Date: 3rd May 2019
Time: 11:30
Activity Length: 120 mins
Activity Run By: Samantha Armstrong
Location: National Trust Visitor Centre, Ilam Park, DE6 2AZ
Type: Nordic Walking, Adventure Walk (No Discount)
A Valid Registered Nordic Walking UK Freedom Card is required to book this Activity. Freedom Card?

A two-part walk taking in the crème de la crème of Dovedale and the Manifold Valley.

Book either one or both of these walks together as the first walk ends at the start of the first with breakfast in between.

Part 1. Ilam and the Compete Angler  3.9 miles 8.30am-10.30am (book seperatly here)

Part 2. Looking over the Dove and Manifold Valleys 4.4miles (this walk)

The walk starts at Ilam Hall National Trust Car Park. Heading across to Hinckley woods over St Bertram’s Bridge. The single span bridge known as St. Bertram’s Bridge survives as a good example of a medieval or early post-medieval single span bridge with later parapet addition, retaining much of its original stonework, named after the pilgrim who became a hermit.  

Crossing the quiet lane from Ilam, this is your first climb of 270ft  up to Blore Pastures picnic site a good spot to capture some quality photo time and to start to appreciate the fine views. Crossing over the road over a few fields before returning back to a lane for 50m or so. You then traverse below Hazleton clump on a good track allowing you to gain a fast pace. Here, the views are again stunning across the Dovedale and Manifold Valley.

After another gentle ascent, you will reach the ruins of Upper Musden before heading back down Musden Grange to the small hamlet of Rushley. The last section is easy along Paradise walk created as a place where the hall guests could take their exercise many years ago. It is a delightful section of the walk along the Manifold river.  

From here you can stop off at the NT tea rooms for a cuppa.

A moderate to hard walk.  

Elevation Lowest: 448ft Highest 991ft Total ascent 1020ft

Stiles: squeeze and step stiles, gates, good tracks.

Some muddy areas.

Cows – yes


LATE CANCELLATION POLICY: Coreconcept Nordic Walking has a late cancellation policy whereby full price will be paid for any walks cancelled within 12 hours of the start of the walk. Any refund will be at the discretion of Coreconcept and will be dependent on the cancelling client making contact with us before cancelling. 

Sam Armstrong



This activity is run by: Samantha Armstrong

Coreconcept offers Nordic Walking in the Derbyshire Dales and Peak District. With 10 years experience and a team of qualified Instructors and Leaders we offer many walks each week of varying levels. Come and join us, get fitter, be outdoors, enjoy the benefits that hundreds of people have discovered already. Once you have tried it you'll want to stay with Nordic Walking as a form of exercise as it's cost effective, varied and fun. We run well-being, active, adventure walks as well as weekend trips in the UK and Europe.

Activity Location: National Trust Visitor Centre, Ilam Park, DE6 2AZ
Address: National Trust Visitor Centre, Ilam Park, DE6 2AZ
Location Notes: This is a pay and display car park if you are not a National Trust member

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