Stepping Stones, Dovedale

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Dovedale is a valley in the Peak District of England. The land is owned by the National Trust, and annually it attracts a million visitors. The valley was cut by the River Dove and runs for just over 3 miles (5 km) between Milldale in the north and a wooded ravine near Thorpe Cloud and Bunster Hill in the south. In the wooded ravine, a set of stepping stones cross the river, and there are two caves known as the Dove Holes. The stepping stones were first laid across the River Dove circa 1890, as the area became more and more popular with Victorian tourists. In 1934, the stones were acquired by National Trust and in 2006, Dovedale was declared a National Nature Reserve in order to protect its future as “one of England’s finest wildlife sites” with diverse plant life and interesting rock formations. The National Trust became embroiled in controversy in 2010, when in conjunction with Derbyshire County Council it oversaw the renovation of Dovedale’s iconic stepping stones. It involved topping all but one of the stones with layers of mortar and limestone slabs. The above photo was taken before this work was carried out.


About Robert Laynton

Robert Laynton likes photography, walking, jazz, reading American Crime Fiction from the 40's, 50's and 60's and vintage comics. He enjoys watching classic films, especially film noir. He lives in England.
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