The Hills of Dovedale - Trek Training

The Churn it from Chinley Challenge Walk - view of Mount Famine and South View

4. The Hills of Dovedale - Peak District.

Sunday 19 November 2023


A guided trek training walk as part of a small group from the National Trust Car Park at Dovedale. This trek traverses the high tops that surround popular Dovedale, providing excellent terrain and steep slopes to test the fitness. Why not combine with our Thors Cave and Ecton Hill Trek Training for a great weekend of walking!


Make a weekend of it and join our Thor's Cave and Ecton Hill Trek Training Walk on Saturday 18 November too!


Key Facts 

Distance:  14.4km/9 miles

Highest Point:  320m/1049ft 

Total Ascent: 807m/2648ft 

Approximate Time: 6.5hrs (dependent on party's overall pace)


The Route

 Our trek training route leaves the main National Trust Car Park in Dovedale. Almost straight away we ascend steeply to the summit of Thorpe cloud a wonderful viewpoint to view the surrounding hills. Our descent then takes us to see one of the most popular spots in Dovedale the Stepping Stones, this is a fine place to pause for a moment by the river Dove before ascending again over the hills on the eastern side of the dale. After a descent to view the famous Dove holes carved out of limestone rock, our walk ascends Baley hill and then down to the picturesque hamlet of Milldale and ideal place for lunch. The second part of the walk ascends and descends the west side of the dale and a final climb on to Bunster hill, a fine viewpoint to end the walk with. 

Please note: 

The route described may vary according to participants level of ability, progress and weather conditions. Please be aware that the terrain maybe steep, hilly, rocky and boggy in places. Participants must be fit and able to complete a full day out on the hills and be comfortable walking all day with small breaks. 


The cost to join this walk is £38 per person.  Please book and pay below. 


Sunday 19 November 2023


  • Places available

Meeting Place and Time

We meet in the main National Trust car park in Dovedale DE6 2AY ( Public Toilets ) free to National Trust Members. Meet  at 9.00am, to leave promptly for 9.15am.  More details will be sent to you when you book. 

Further Information

What to wear and bring with you on Trek Training Walks
PWA General Information - Trek Training
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If you would like to stay locally the night before or after this walk, the villages of Thorpe or Ilam are ideal, or the nearest town is Ashbourne.  Visit our Accommodation Page.