Local Attractions

At Dovestone Park you can spend quality time with your family in the Peak district National Parks spectacular landscape. Here Reservoirs, Moors, gritstone edges and miles of hiking trails and paths are all here waiting for you to explore. Whatever the weather, everyday can be different giving you and your family the perfect opportunity to re connect and create your own perfect holiday experience.

Why not gather your friends or family here together for that special occasion such as a birthday, anniversary or just a break together to catch up and enjoy good company.

Or escape to Dovestone Park for a romantic getaway with the one you love. Take gentle walks through the peak district countryside and visit nearby villages and sample the local hospitality. Enjoy intimate alfresco dining and a Hot Tub under the stars, relax, spend quality time together and make the most of your romantic Break.

A Walkers Paradise

The Peak district National Park offers a spectacular variety of scenery for walking and rambling routes – from limestone dales to dramatic high moorlands.

There are walks to suit individuals, families and groups – whether you want a challenging hike or a short stroll. Whilst Dovestone Reservoir itself is a Popular location providing a circular walk of 2.5miles offering stunning views and giving access to two further reservoirs, Greenfield and Yeoman Hey to the north.

There are a series of more than a dozen Audio Trails provided by www.moorsforthefuture.org.uk simply follow the link to ‘Audio Trails’.

The two closest trails are Marsden Moor and Bleaklow.

Marsden Moor
A trail where you follow in the footsteps of Mesolithic men and women. Imagine yourself 11,000 years back in time and then relate to more recent times, with Blind Jack of Knaresborough building the turnpike roads.

Bleaklow is very much for the adventurous and experienced walker and is an enhanced audio experience (creative writing and actors used). The trail showcases the restoration work of the Moors for the Future partnership.

A little further away you have the Audio Trails for Kinder and Edale.

The adventurous walk that takes in the most famous landmark in the Peak District, with panoramic views from many points on the plateau.

The Audio for the Edale walk includes expert interviews and music. Edale with its remote rural railway station is where the Pennine Way commences and where a substantial Tourist Information Centre is located.
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Sports & Activities

You will be overflowing with options for sport and activity participation across cycling, hill walking, rambling, rock climbing, sailing and many more besides.

Cycling is a fun healthy way to explore the beautiful Countryside of the Peak district and there are many local Cycling Trails ideal for family cycling, whilst remote moorlands bridleways provide a challenge for experienced mountain bikers. Major Trails in the Peak district include The Longendale near Crowden which is a former railway line, and further to the South are Monsal, Tissington and high Peak Trails. You can bring your own bikes to Dovestone Park or hire them from a nearby hire centres and dedicated bike stands are provided at all lodges.

The Peak District National Park estimate they have some 65 miles of off road trails on which horse riders are welcome. The bridleway network also offers possibilities for the more adventurous www.bridleways.co.uk. The experienced rider wanting a long distance trek will know of the 268 mile (431km) Pennine Bridleway across rugged mountain terrain.

Within the Peak District you have some very popular climbing routes and also some of the most challenging in the UK.  The Roaches in the Staffordshire Moorlands and Stanage Edge, closer to Sheffield, are of particular note. Nearby Chew Valley is  a well known gritstone climbing area and Dean Rocks reach up to 460m. Training first on artificial rock climbing walls is now the obvious starting point for the sport.

There are several Golf Courses around the Oldham area and further afield. A summer opening pitch and putt course can be found at Bishops Park.

Various outdoor events use Brownhill Countryside Centre as a base so it is best to check what is currently available from a website www.oldham.gov.uk.

In the football arena you have Premiership sides including Manchester City and Manchester United or a little further away Liverpool FC. Then there are a host of towns and cities with a strong soccer tradition such as Blackburn, Bolton, Burnley, Huddersfield, Leeds and Sheffield. Remembering also that the train from nearby Greenfield station, should get you to the centre of Manchester in around 30 minutes.


First class cricket grounds include Old Trafford (Manchester) and Headingley (Leeds). You will typically have some Test Cricket at one of these venues every season.


There is a very strong tradition of top Rugby League in the towns and cities around Dovestone including Bradford, Leeds, St Helens and Warrington as examples.


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Great Days Out

You will not be lacking options for Great Days Out and just one example is the Heights of Abraham in Matlock where you will find attractions from cable cars to the various rides in the Hilltop Park.

The Bronte’s have been described as the world’s most famous literary family with works including Jane Eyre, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and Wuthering Heights. The family lived at Haworth Parsonage from 1820 to 1861 and this is now the museum (pictured). The museum has a world class collection of manuscripts and letters, with many of the rooms at the Parsonage retained as the Brontes would have known them. In 2016 the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Bronte’s birth will be celebrated. More details can be found at www.bronte.org.uk.

There is a sizeable museum shop and Bronte related books are sold for both children and adult markets. The books include some less common titles.The former wool manufacturing village of Haworth is described as still recognisable to how it was in the Brontes era.

There are a number of historic or other houses in or around the edge of the Peak District National Park and which have gardens/parkland. Gardens that open temporarily; can be connected with the National Gardens scheme or for charitable events.

Chatsworth and Haddon Hall are in the vicinity of the southern or White Peak area of the National Park, an area more of rolling limestone hills and fields enclosed by dry stone walls. The northern Dark Peak area is associated with open moorland rather than gardens.

Chatsworth www.chatsworth.org is a major Stately Home with some 20 gardeners and a still greater number of volunteer gardeners. Attractions include the Cottage, Rose and Kitchen gardens along with the 300 year old water cascade and the impressive gravity fed Emperor Fountain. There are some five miles of walks including streams, ponds and rare trees.

Haddon Hall www.haddonhall.co.uk near Bakewell has been noted for its Elizabethan inspired knot garden on the Bowling Green Terrace. Whilst the Fountain Terrace was replanted by a Chelsea Award winner. The location is also known for its use in Film and TV including three versions of Jane Eyre along with The Other Boelyn Girl and a long list of other film and TV credits shown on the website.

The Saddleworth Museum and Art Gallery is very close and some details are included at section 7 above. The museum is not large and the gallery rather small but it is a useful spot to call at, not least as it doubles as the Tourist Information Centre.

Major conurbations that are close enough to consider for museum visits include Bradford, Huddersfield, Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield or further south Stoke-on-Trent and Derby. The visit Manchester website www.visitmanchester.com lists more than fifty Museums, Galleries and other attractions

The Tolson Museum and Ravensknowle Park is a museum in a substantial building, donated as a memorial to members of the Tolson family, who were killed in WW1. Orginally focused on Natural History it later had manufacturing exhibits added including vehicles made in the area and a Victorian School room. The Coln Valley Museum has a focus on textile history along with a children’s corner with some traditional toys.

Wakefield is home to the Wakefield Museum and some 5 miles away from it the National Coal Mining Museum (‘NCMM’). At the NCMM there is the option (usually needs to be pre-booked) to descend some 140m underground with Miner’s lamps; allowing visitors to view the working conditions through the ages and coal seams.

The Dewsbury Museum and Crow Nest Park focuses on local history of the area set in a mansion house within parkland. Ornamental lake, adventure playground and walled wildlife garden.

Bradford is home to the National Media Museum with its focus on film, photography, TV and radio history. Whilst the Bradford Industrial Museum is in a former textile mill site with millworkers homes and factory machinery.
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