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Dovedale / Thorpe Cloud

24 Sep 2008 2:07PM

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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Pete Plus
15 18.8k 96 England
24 Sep 2008 2:38PM
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.
24 Sep 2008 3:03PM
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!!
User_Removed 9 2.2k 3 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2008 3:59PM
I'm not aware of any obstructions and I've been there at various o'clock.
keithh Plus
12 25.1k 33 Wallis And Futuna
24 Sep 2008 4:58PM
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.
24 Sep 2008 7:44PM
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!!
keithh Plus
12 25.1k 33 Wallis And Futuna
24 Sep 2008 10:50PM
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.
smitbar Plus
8 136 England
24 Sep 2008 11:15PM

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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