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.

The Ridge Farm Cottage

3 star rating

Longnor near Buxton, Buxton & Bakewell and area

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£349-£630

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Longnor near Buxton, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£349-£630

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 1

Knockerdown Cottages - The Farmhouse

4 star rating

Carsington, near Ashbourne, Buxton & Bakewell and area

  • Sleeps: 11
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£1549-£2389

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Carsington, near Ashbourne, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£1549-£2389

Sleeps: 11 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

Tree Tops

4 star rating

Youlgreave near Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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

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£375-£805

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Youlgreave near Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£375-£805

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

Badger Cottage

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Cressbrook, near Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£305-£715

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Cressbrook, near Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£305-£715

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 1

Mullions and Mushroom Cottage - Mullions

4 star rating

Castleton, Derbyshire, Hope Valley

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

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£604-£1594

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Castleton, Derbyshire, Hope Valley

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£604-£1594

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

Old Beams

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Waterhouses, near Leek, Leek area

  • Sleeps: 12
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£1685-£2559

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Waterhouses, near Leek, Leek area

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£1685-£2559

Sleeps: 12 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 5 Pets: 2

Stenson Hill Farm - Stenson Cottage

4 star rating

Stenson, near Derby, Ashbourne

  • Sleeps: 14
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Number of Pets: 3

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£1255-£3125

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Stenson, near Derby, Ashbourne

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£1255-£3125

Sleeps: 14 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 4 Pets: 3

Granby House - Bakewells Little Secret

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Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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

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£599-£989

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Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£599-£989

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

Netherwood

4 star rating

Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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

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£625-£1445

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Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£625-£1445

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

Paddock House Farm Holiday Cottages - Hazel Cottage

4 star rating

Alstonefield, near Ashbourne, Ashbourne

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

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£0-£692

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Alstonefield, near Ashbourne, Ashbourne

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£0-£692

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

Woodpecker Loft

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near Carsington, Buxton & Bakewell and area

  • Sleeps: 10
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£1095-£4205

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near Carsington, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£1095-£4205

Sleeps: 10 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5 Pets: 0

Kinder Court

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Edale, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, Hope Valley

  • Sleeps: 24
  • Bedrooms: 12
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£2438-£4138

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Edale, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, Hope Valley

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£2438-£4138

Sleeps: 24 Bedrooms: 12 Bathrooms: 4 Pets: 2

Harthill Hall - De Ferrers

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Alport, near Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

  • Sleeps: 10
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£859-£3049

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Alport, near Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£859-£3049

Sleeps: 10 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 2

Wood Cottage

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Buxworth, High Peak, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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

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£435-£1425

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Buxworth, High Peak, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£435-£1425

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

Wolfscote Grange Farm - Wolfscote Cottage

4 star rating

Hartington near Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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

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£399-£730

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Hartington near Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£399-£730

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