Dovedale is perhaps one of the best known of the Derbyshire limestone dales and much of it is owned and maintained by the National Trust. The reasons for its popularity are clear; beautiful scenery, pretty Peak District villages and excellent walking and climbing.

The River Dove flows through the dale and is well known as a trout-fishing river, immortalised by Izaak Walton's book `The Complete Angler'. Visitors will find an excellent path alongside the river which is maintained by the National Trust and just the thing for leisurely riverside walks. One of the most famous views of the river is the `stepping stones' below the ancient reef of Thorpe Cloud. Upstream from the stepping stones the heights are known as Dovedale castle and close by the `Twelve Apostles' which is popular with climbers.

The picturesque village of Hartington lies at the heart of Dovedale, with its spacious market place, village green, duck pond and limestone cottages. St. Giles church stands on rising grounds and presents an impressive site with its west tower battlements. Hartington's main income is derived from tourism and cheese making which has been going on since the 1870s and now accounts for a quarter of the world's supply of Stilton!

Also of note is Alstonfield in the lower Dove and Manifold Valleys, a pretty village centred on the village green and Wetton which is located in the adjacent Manifold Valley.

Other places of interest in the area are Tissington Hall near Ashbourne with wonderful paintings, furniture and porcelain, The Tissington Trail cycle route which follows the former Buxton to Ashbourne railway line and Thor's Cave in the Manifold Valley which was first inhabited by Stone Age man.

Freebirch Barn

4 star rating

Freebirch, near Chatsworth, Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£469-£959

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Freebirch, near Chatsworth, Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£469-£959

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The Old Dairy

5 star rating

near Ashbourne, Ashbourne

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£575-£1235

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near Ashbourne, Ashbourne

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£575-£1235

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 1

Wyedale

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Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

  • Sleeps: 12
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£1395-£2465

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Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£1395-£2465

Sleeps: 12 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5 Pets: 2

Goose Croft

4 star rating

Edale, Hope Valley, Hope Valley

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£405-£615

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Edale, Hope Valley, Hope Valley

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£405-£615

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Crosse Chance Cottage

4 star rating

Taddington, near Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£425-£835

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Taddington, near Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£425-£835

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Granby House - Bakewell Hidden Treasure

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Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£655-£1015

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Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£655-£1015

Sleeps: 2 Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Jackson Road - Skylark View

4 star rating

Matlock, Matlock area

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£795-£1125

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Matlock, Matlock area

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£795-£1125

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Shallcross Hall Cottages - Toddbrook

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Whaley Bridge near Buxton, Buxton & Bakewell and area

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£365-£699

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Whaley Bridge near Buxton, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£365-£699

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 1

Mill Pond Cottage

4 star rating

Cromford, Matlock area

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£349-£799

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Cromford, Matlock area

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£349-£799

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2 The Woodlands

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Great Longstone, near Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£355-£635

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Great Longstone, near Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£355-£635

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Anne Cottage

4 star rating

Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£469-£995

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Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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Honey Cottage

3 star rating

Longnor, near Buxton, Buxton & Bakewell and area

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£339-£635

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Longnor, near Buxton, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£339-£635

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Shallcross Hall Cottages - Goyt

3 star rating

Whaley Bridge near Buxton, Buxton & Bakewell and area

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£439-£919

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Whaley Bridge near Buxton, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£439-£919

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 1

Easter Cottage

4 star rating

Bamford, near Hope Valley, Hope Valley

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£389-£815

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Bamford, near Hope Valley, Hope Valley

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£389-£815

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Orchard Cottage

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Dalbury near Mickleover, Ashbourne

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£445-£919

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Dalbury near Mickleover, Ashbourne

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£445-£919

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 1