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Am planning a visit to Dovedale on Sunday (weather permitting!!), Thorpe / Ilam end. I know that there is a car park at the start of the trail, but want to know if it is accessable at silly o'clock in the morning - ie is there a gate across out of hours? If it is shut off, anywhere else nearby that I could leave the car?
Thanks in advance
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If you want to park at Thorpe there's a lay by at the top of the hill space for about five cars just past the toilet and entrance to the field. It's before you get to the main park that takes you alongside the river. You can park there, walk down to the toilet block and into the field Thorpe Cloud is then in front of you.
Thanks Pete - I imagine it will still be pretty dark when I arrive, so don't want to be looking around for somewhere to abandon the car!!
I'm not aware of any obstructions and I've been there at various o'clock.
At this time of year, stay high in Dovedale otherwise you'll be in the shade for a fair while.
I'd park up and head for the top of the Cloud.
Keithh - that was my plan. catch the (fingers crossed!!) sunrise from The Cloud, and then get some pics down in the valley. Going up from Derby, so regardless of wheather the weather behaves, I will try and get something! Only get Sunday mornings to take my pics, what with work, kids etc!!
The 'interesting side of the valley is on your right as you walk up.....there is always water close ups to keep you occupied on your way.
On your walk up you can earmark your shots and then on your way back down, the sun will have got into position to give you light on that side. Milldale is a good little spot to spend some time at the bridge and you can get a coffee from the little shop.
Quote: Milldale is a good little spot to spend some time at
Beautiful recomendation! Saw my first Kingfisher there, as a boy.
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