Valley View : The Local Area
The holiday house is situated in Milldale in the northern end of Dovedale in the Peak District National Park. Milldale is about 8 miles north-west of Ashbourne. With its stream and many ducks, the old pack-horse bridge and grey stone buildings, Milldale is a lovely spot for a family or group self catering break. The holiday accommodation is an ideal location for walking, cycling, touring and a great base to visit Alton Towers.
Milldale is a delightful hamlet situated in Dovedale, which attracts walkers from all over Britain. Most come to explore the Dove Valley with its famous Stepping Stones and strange rock formations, but there are many other excellent walks in the area that either start or pass through Milldale.
We would recommend the following sites for further information on the many walks that you can access from the doorstep of Valley View:
The Tissington Trail runs along a 13 mile route from Ashbourne to Parsley Hay. At this point it joins the High Peak Trail. Surrounded by beautiful countryside the traffic-free trail is ideal for cyclists and walkers. It is suitable for wheel chairs and pushchairs along the flat sections and you can access the trail every day of the year and it will not cost you a penny. During all seasons of the year there are stunning views and in the spring and summer wild flowers are in abundance.
The Tissington Trail is mostly flat, well surfaced and there is a car park and a seasonal cycle hire centre just north of Ashbourne. Refreshments are also available. Further up the trail there is a small car park at Thorpe and you can leave the trail here to visit Dovedale. Soon after leaving Thorpe you reach Tissington with a larger car park and picnic area.
Tissington is one of the prettiest and most unspoilt villages in Derbyshire and the whole country. Tissington Hall is a fine Jacobean Manor House in the heart of the village that has been the home of the FitzHerbert family for 500 years. It is open to the public for guided tours and there is also a lovely café/dining room here.
Tel: +44 1335 352200
Cycle hire centres:
- To the north of Ashbourne town centre on the Tissington Trail, just off the road to Mapleton.
Tel: +44 1335 343156
- Middleton Top: on the High Peak Trail near Middleton-by-Wirksworth, off the B5035.
Tel: +44 1629 823204
- Parsley Hay: at the junction of the High Peak and Tissington Trails, off the A515 Ashbourne to Buxton road.
Tel: +44 1298 84493
Only four miles away from Valley View holiday cottage is the lovely village of Hartington with its spacious market place, village green, duck pond and limestone houses. It is one of the major tourist centres in the Peak District. Hartington is famous for its cheese having a cheese factory from the 1870’s through to 2009. The factory produced no less than a quarter of the world’s supply of Stilton, and cheese can still be purchased from the former factory shop opposite the duck pond. Both pubs, The Charles Cotton and The Devonshire Arms, are former coaching inns and there are also several cafes, gift and craft shops and a newsagent. Hartington Well Dressings are held during September.
The former Hartington railway station, about a mile and a half from the village is now a picnic area with toilet facilities and an information centre. The track itself is converted into the Tissington Trail, which is a great place for a family cycle ride and also very popular with walkers. There is a public car park with toilets opposite next to Rooke’s Pottery.
Hartington is also a good starting point for walking along Beresford Dale, a beautiful place with its curiously formed cliffs and rocks and several caves.
Just across the A515 at Parsley Hay, north east of Hartington, stands one of the Peak District’s most famous prehistoric monuments. The stone circle of Arbor Low has been called “the Stonehenge of the North”.
Pilsbury Castle is a two-mile walk north from the village.
A beautiful river valley with a lower section hardly less spectacular than Dovedale. Part of the valley is a cycle track and there is a visitor centre at Old Hulme End Station.
Tel: +44 1298 84679
The pub at Hulme End is also worth a visit.
Thor’s cave is in a prominent spur 350 ft above the river and can be seen for miles around. There have been many objects of archaeological interest found here showing it to be inhabited by early man and prehistoric animals. The entrance is 60 ft wide and you can scramble to its entrance, climb through it and admire the view.
At Beeston the Manifold is joined by the River Hamps and just below this lies Beeston Tor, one of the largest and most spectacular limestone crags of the area.