Distance: 9 miles (14km)
Ascent: 1065 metres
Start/finish: Dovedale car park, DE6 2AY
From the car park follow the main path north-east up into Dove Dale, passing the caves and stepping stones and following the valley to the bridge at Milldale (3 miles/4.8km). Turn R here climbing away from the river and following the path over Shining Tor before descending steeply L to the road. Turn L and take the road back to Milldale to a L turn onto a footpath. Follow the path uphill to join Pasture Lane. Fork L then turn L onto a path heading south-east down Hall Dale and back to the River Dove. Turn R and follow this south to Ilam Rock, where you follow the path R uphill to the fields at the top of the dale. Turn L here and skirt the edge of Dovedale Wood south then R and head west to Ilamtops Farm. Turn L and follow the path south around Bunster Hill and back to the start.
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