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 original mill was situated to the north of Viator’s Bridge in Milldale and this ceased to operate in the late 1870s. The remaining millstone wheel can still be seen by the riverbank. The buildings to the left of what used to be part of the mill have been converted into a National Trust information barn with shelter, seating, visitor information and nearby public toilets. There is also a large handy car park about half a kilometre outside of Milldale, as well as Polly’s Café in the centre of Milldale, selling hot and cold drinks, ice creams, cakes and postcards.
Viator’s Bridge is an ancient packhorse bridge over the River Dove and is crossed by many walkers at any time of the year. Once over the bridge you can walk along Dovedale following the River Dove through what is probably one of the most stunning dales in Britain. All along the route watch out for dippers, kingfishers and herons.
The nearest pub to our Valley View holiday home is The George Inn in Alstonfield. It is one of our favourite pubs in the Peak District National Park and if you want an easy stroll (but uphill on the way!) it is only 15 minutes walk from Valley View. Turn right out of Valley View, walking up Millway Lane to Alstonfield. The George Inn serves superior pub food and there is also a famer’s shop in the courtyard selling local products to take home for dinner!
Directly opposite Valley View is the Methodist Chapel built in 1835 where occasional services are still held. It is a tiny, basic chapel but on Christmas Eve it is best to arrive early for the service as many people end up standing outside!