Explore Dove Dale and its surrounding countryside with a three-hour walk, starting at the pretty village of Ilam.
The Church of the Holy Cross has a curious crown-shaped annex. Inside, find Bertram’s shrine: King of Mercia turned hermit, who dedicated his life to God after his Irish princess and baby were mauled to death by wolves.
2. Meadow walk
Continue through meadows to Dovedale, crossing stepping stones where Thorpe Cloud hill drops like a plumb-line to the river.
3. Stepping stones
Cross the stepping stones where Thorpe Cloud hill drops like a plumb-line to the river. Dippers bob on the shallows and great pinnacles of rock rise from the valley. A boardwalk squeezes through the gorge.
Church of the Holy Cross near Ilam, Staffordshire ©Getty
4. Up and over
Crossing a bridge, climb out of the steep-sided dale, returning along the valley top before tumbling down through fields to Ilam.
Click on the map below for an interactive version of the route.