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.

Ruby Cottage

4 star rating

Longnor near Buxton, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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  • Bedrooms: 1
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  • Number of Pets: 1

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£345-£550

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Longnor near Buxton, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£345-£550

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The Pottery Annexe

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Baslow, Buxton & Bakewell and area

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 1
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£299-£565

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Baslow, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£299-£565

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Sheepwalk Cottage

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Stanton-in-Peak, near Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
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£485-£1335

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Stanton-in-Peak, near Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£485-£1335

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Kneese Loft

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Chander Hill, near Chesterfield, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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  • Bedrooms: 1
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£295-£595

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Chander Hill, near Chesterfield, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£295-£595

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Freebirch Barn

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

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£469-£945

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

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£469-£945

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Town End Farm

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Aldwark near Matlock, Buxton & Bakewell and area

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
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£505-£1020

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Aldwark near Matlock, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£505-£1020

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

Fifteen

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Buxton, Buxton & Bakewell and area

  • Sleeps: 3
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£279-£599

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Buxton, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£279-£599

Sleeps: 3 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Ellers Bank

4 star rating

Hayfield, near Glossop, Glossop area

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

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£425-£1055

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Hayfield, near Glossop, Glossop area

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£425-£1055

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Melville

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Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£395-£825

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Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£395-£825

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Avalee Cottage

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Baslow, near Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£0-£0

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Baslow, near Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£0-£0

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Bowling Green Loft

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Peak Forest near Buxton, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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  • Bedrooms: 1
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£305-£339

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Peak Forest near Buxton, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£305-£339

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Woodpecker Loft

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near Carsington, Buxton & Bakewell and area

  • Sleeps: 10
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 5
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£1215-£4049

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near Carsington, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£1215-£4049

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Blackcurrant Cottage at Stanton Ford Farm

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Baslow, near Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£365-£859

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Baslow, near Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£365-£859

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Harthill Hall - Henry’s Haunt

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Alport, near Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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  • Bedrooms: 1
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£409-£1049

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Alport, near Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£409-£1049

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Broadmeadows Farm

4 star rating

Butterton, Leek area

  • Sleeps: 12
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£789-£1809

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Butterton, Leek area

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£789-£1809

Sleeps: 12 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0