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Ilam pushchair walk


Ilam Park - photo by National Trust

Ilam Park – photo by National Trust


The Gothic building of Ilam Hall is a bit of a spooky place – quite a contrast with its lovely sunny parkland set in a sweeping bend of the Manifold River. It’s a great place for a short walk with an all-terrain pushchair and there’s loads of interest for older kids as well. In autumn, it’s one of the nicest places to see the leaves turning, and in summer there’s an adventure trail. From trees to hide in and a pooh-sticks bridge to ducks and a friendly cafe, it sort of has it all. We forgot to take a camera on this walk – but then it’s better than I can photograph anyway…

  • AREA: Ilam, near Ashbourne
  • DISTANCE: 1 mile
  • FACILITIES: Cafe, toilets, YHA
  • PARKING: Pay and display at Ilam Hall, or on quiet weekdays you can park for free in the village
  • GRADIENT: flat
  • TERRAIN: gravel paths and occasionally muddy fields
  • OS MAP: White Peak OS Explorer map

  1. From wherever you’ve parked, walk towards the small church in front of the hall. From there, cut across the lawns down to the bridge over the river.
  2. Don’t cross the river (unless you want to go play in Hinkley Wood, in which case go, go, go!). Instead, follow the riverbank upstream to pick up a level gravel path.
  3. Continue along the path upstream, rounding the bend in the river. You’ll soon come to a gate where a track comes in from the right. Take this track uphill, leading back to the hall.

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