River Dove Circular Walk

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15.9 km
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559 m
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River Dove Circular

The River Dove Circular is a fantastic walking route that will take you through the Staffordshire countryside to visit several unique sites, such as Thor’s Cave. While out on the trail, you will pass through scenic villages and beautiful stretches of farmland before making your way along the serene River Dove as it cuts through Wolfscote Dale. There is a good variation in terrain along this route, so strap on your boots and get ready to set out on this amazing adventure in the Peak District.

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Route Description for River Dove Circular Walk

As mentioned, the River Dove Circular Walk is an amazing adventure that passes through a variety of landscapes, including urban villages, open farmland, and some more rugged terrain as well. Be sure to wear proper walking footwear and bring any necessary gear along for this intermediate length journey. Additionally, the trail can be fairly busy in the areas around Thor’s Cave, as it is a popular destination for tourists. Arrive early to give yourself enough time to explore the area.

Setting out from the village of Wetton, follow the trail east along Thor’s Lane to visit the unique karst cavern and get the busiest stretch of the walk out of the way. After viewing the limestone rock formation, continue along the trail to the north as it follows alongside the River Manifold. After reaching a junction near the Wetton Mill, follow the trail as it branches off to the northeast to cut across the countryside around the Wetton, Narrowdale, and Gratton hills.

Upon reaching the River Dove at the northern tip of Wolfscote Dale, follow the river south, as you take in the tranquil atmosphere along the edge of the water. After walking through the undulating landscape of the dale, follow the path west as it heads through the village of Alstonefield to eventually arrive back in Wetton where you began the journey.

Other amazing walks in Peak District National Park

Check out our guides to Kinder Scout, Mam Tor, Stanage Edge, Dovedale, and Padley Gorge. Or see all of our Peak District walks on 10Adventures.

Getting to the River Dove Circular Walk Trailhead

To reach the trailhead for the River Dove Circular from Ashbourne, head south for 1.0 km and turn right, continuing on for another 1.0 km. Make a right onto Ashbourne Lane and follow it for 1.0 km to arrive in Wetton, where you can find parking in the village.

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    New House Farm Campsite

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

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