The front facade of Ilam Hall with a tower and archway.

Ilam Estate

A pretty village with great views, large car park and an easy walk to Dovedale.

Approx 6 miles away


Ilam is a pretty village in the National Park.

Ilam Hall is now a youth hostel but the grounds are owned and run by the National Trust with plenty of parking (free for members), cafe & toilets, fabulous views across to Thorpe Cloud & Bunster Hill and gentle riverside walks. There are often organised activities for children in summer - check out the NT website.

It is simple to combine Ilam with Dovedale in one visit. They are just a mile apart along the road or there is an easy scenic walk across fields.

Travel from Ashbourne

Ilam is about six miles to the west of Ashbourne.

The nicest route is to drive via Mapleton and over Blore Pastures, with fabulous views of Thorpe Cloud and Bunster Hill. You can also go via Dovedale but on busy days the roads often get gridlocked.

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There is no scheduled bus service but you can use Derbyshire Connect.

See our buses page for more information on Ashbourne buses.

By bike it is an easy ride up the Tissington Trail to Thorpe and then a more strenuous few miles on the road.

Its a scenic 10 mile round trip walk to Ilam from Ashbourne via Mapleton ad along the River Dove (walk directions coming soon).