The outside of the George restaurant in Alstonefield.

Milldale and Alstonefield

Pretty villages that are easy to reach whilst you are exploring Dovedale.

Approx 8 miles away


Milldale and Alstonefield are pretty villages easily reached as part of a day out to Dovedale.

Milldale is situated alongside the River Dove around 3 miles of riverside walking from the main Dovedale car park. Buy a drink or ice-cream from the small cafe (takeaway only) and spend a few peaceful minutes watching the ducks on the river.

It is worth the extra effort to take the short walk uphill to the picturesque village of Alstonefield. Alas the beloved George pub has closed but there is an occasional cafe in the village hall.

Just along the valley from Milldale is Wolfscote Dale, not quite as spectacular as Dovedale but well worth an extended walk.

Travel from Ashbourne

Pretty villages that are easy to reach whilst you are exploring Dovedale.

There is limited parking in Milldale and most visitors choose to walk there as part of their exploration of Dovedale or Alstonefield. To get to Alstonefield by car you follow the A515 north out of Ashbourne and look for a left turn about five miles uphill, clearly signposted for Alstonefield. To get to Dovedale by car click here.

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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.

There are several choices of lovely but strenuous cycle rides from Ashbourne that take in both villages (details coming soon).

You can walk to Milldale and Alstonefield from Ashbourne but its a long day out. Most visitors walk to Milldale via Dovedale. Alstonefield is then a short walk to the top of the hill.