Top picnic spots

Stepping Stones at Dovedale

The Stepping Stones at Dovedale is one of the places that you need to visit, after parking your car in the Car Park walk towards the small bridge that you can cross to the stoney area or stay on the path you are on for less than ½ mile walking along either side of the river, within about 15 minutes from your car you will be at the famous Stepping Stones. After enjoying your picnic on the grass next to the stepping stones (which is also Dog Friendly) Thorpe Cloud could be your next destination which is a 287 metre walk up to the top where the views over Dovedale are outstanding. Did you know the 2010 film Robin Hood starring Russell Crowe filmed some parts here.

Dovedale to Milldale

Park up at Milldale Carpark ( this one is free, Dovedale is chargable) walk into the village and cross over the Viators Bridge and follow the river Dove. The walk is rouhgly 7 miles, at the end sit at the stepping stones and enjoy your picnic along side the river, on your return back to Milldale after you have crossed the bridge before going back to your car stop off at Pollys Cottage which is a “hatch style” takeaway for the most amazing Ice Cream, don’t forget to say “Hi” to Becky & Natalee.

Carsington Water

Well with this walk you haven’t far to go for the start, with it being 10 minutes walk from Knockerdown Cottages. There are 3 walks here for you and places to stop for your picnic in lots of places, the first being a mile long around “Stones Island” peer through the standing stones and admire the views, the 2nd being around the Dam and is 3 miles long admiring the valley below, the 3rd and the biggest is 8 miles long, don’t forget to pop into the Wildlife Centre and see the latest wildlife.

Lumsdale Falls

Well what can I say, I love this place the falls are a picture of beauty, the walk is only 2.5 miles long but the scenery you will see on it is outstanding, pack your sarnies and waterproofs and enjoy, it’s roughly 25 minutes’ drive from Knockerdown Cottages

Cromford Canal

Spend the day with your “pack up” along the side of the canal, park up opposite Cromford Mills, the walk is 3.5 miles long with its beautiful scenery and interesting canal buildings whilst walking along the Tow paths.  A family day out for all.

Black Rocks

If you are wanting views then this is the walk you want. Park up in the Black Rocks car park and spend the 2 ½ hours walking 5 miles admiring the views. Walk to the top of the summit and relax to admire the views .


Whilst Walking along side of the River Chunet, look out for the Crayfish, Trout & newts then homes themselves there, on this walk you could see a haven of wildlife like Heron’s King Fishfishers, Canadian Geese & listen out for the Spotted & Green Woodpeckers. After a lovely walk why not spot at “The Ramblers Retreat” for coffee and cake ( the Lemon Meringue pie is a mountain in itself)

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Published on August 11, 2020 in