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.

West Barn

4 star rating

Holymoorside, near Chesterfield, Buxton & Bakewell and area

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£835-£2449

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Holymoorside, near Chesterfield, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£835-£2449

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

The Old Dairy

5 star rating

near Ashbourne, Ashbourne

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

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£559-£1189

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near Ashbourne, Ashbourne

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£559-£1189

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

The Barn at the Inn

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Thornsett, Birch Vale, Derbyshire, Glossop area

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

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£363-£728

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Thornsett, Birch Vale, Derbyshire, Glossop area

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£363-£728

Sleeps: 3 Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 3

Harthill Hall - De Ferrers

4 star rating

Alport, near Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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

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£3049-£3139

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Alport, near Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£3049-£3139

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

Riber Retreat

4 star rating

Matlock, Matlock area

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

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£415-£1135

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Matlock, Matlock area

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£415-£1135

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

Ladycroft Barn

4 star rating

Thornhill, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, Hope Valley

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

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£419-£1058

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Thornhill, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, Hope Valley

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£419-£1058

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

West View Cottage

4 star rating

Upper Hackney, near Matlock, Derbyshire, Matlock area

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

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£478-£848

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Upper Hackney, near Matlock, Derbyshire, Matlock area

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£478-£848

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

Dale End Cottage

4 star rating

Brassington, near Matlock, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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

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£405-£829

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Brassington, near Matlock, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£405-£829

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

Park View Cottage

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Glossop, Glossop area

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

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£255-£535

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Glossop, Glossop area

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£255-£535

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

Owl Barn Cottage

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Thorpe, near Ashbourne, Ashbourne

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

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£379-£1025

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Thorpe, near Ashbourne, Ashbourne

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£379-£1025

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

Ted’s House

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Mytholmroyd near Hebden Bridge, Derbyshire Yorkshire Border

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

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£292-£610

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Mytholmroyd near Hebden Bridge, Derbyshire Yorkshire Border

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£292-£610

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

Manor Cottage

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Wardlow, near Buxton, Buxton & Bakewell and area

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£915-£2035

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Wardlow, near Buxton, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£915-£2035

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 Pets: 2

Flag Cottage

4 star rating

Middleton, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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

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£349-£629

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Middleton, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£349-£629

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

Jericho Farm - Speedwell Corner

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Earl Sterndale, near Buxton, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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

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£279-£559

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Earl Sterndale, near Buxton, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£279-£559

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

Hayfield View

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Hayfield near Buxton, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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

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£320-£480

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Hayfield near Buxton, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£320-£480

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