Limestone Desk in Happy Valley


Circular Walk - Okeover to Thorpe Cloud(Dovedale) through Ilam

Walk Directions

Okeover to Ilam (2.98 miles)

Take the path past the old mill. It skirts the fields and then approaches a farm. The path bears left before the farm. Cross the field and enter the wooded area. On emergence from the wood we are at the riverside. This is the west bank of the Dove. After a stile we join a track. This takes us past Coldwall Bridge. We pass through the bushes and trees. The river bank leads us to Ilam Bridge. Cross Ilam Bridge and pass the Eleanor Cross. Turn into the hall grounds past the gatehouse. Follow the drive to the house. Pass through the arch to the stable block. Turn left through the gardens and head for the church. From the church go past St Bertram’s well to the river. Walk along the river bank and ascend the steps. Enjoy the desk and, over the railings, the boil holes. Carry on down the steps and along Paradise Walk. Turn right near the footbridge. Cross the estate land that has ridge and furrow. Return to the village

Ilam to Dovedale Car Park (1.77 miles)

Turn left at the Eleanor Cross. After a short distance take the footpath on the left. Cross the field and pass the farm. Continue on the path. Enjoy the approach of Bunster Hill and Thorpe Cloud
The path leads to Dovedale Car Park

Dovedale Car Park to Okeover (3.33 miles)

Leave the car park and follow the river northwards. Cross the bridge. Take the path straight ahead. The path goes around Thorpe Cloud. Go through the gate on the right at the rear of Thorpe Cloud. Diagonally cross the field towards the buildings. Cross the road and take the lane opposite. Follow it round, and turn right near Thorpe Church. The lane becomes a track down to Coldwall Bridge. Take the riverside path south on the Thorpe side of the river. Follow the riverside path back to Okeover

Distance: 8.08 miles Ascent: 829ft