GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Ilam Circular Walk

8 miles (13.5 km)

Explore Ilam Park before heading into the beautiful Manifold Valley on this circular walk in the Staffordshire Peak District. The route runs for just over 8 miles and includes some moderately challenging hill climbs, so a reasonable level of fitness is required.
The walk starts in the parking area of the National Trust owned Ilam Park. The park is a great base for exploring the White Peak area of the national park and includes lovely gardens and the Grade II* listed Ilam Hall. You can follow footpaths west across the park before crossing the River Manifold and climbing past Musden Low hill where there are great views over the area.
The route continues west past the village of Calton before coming to the River Hamps where you pick up the Manifold Way long distance trail. At Beeston Tor you have the option of continuing north along the River Manifold but this route turns south east past Old Park Hill. You'll pass the ruins of Throwley Old Hall before following country lanes to Rushley and then back to Ilam Park.
If you enjoy this walk then you could head east from the park and try our Dovedale Circular Walk. The route visits the beautiful valley of the River Dove with its fascinating limestone rock formations, interesting plant life and cave system.
You can also pick up the long distance Limestone Way and explore the Peak District's finest limestone scenery.

Ilam Circular Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Ilam Circular Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To extend the walk you could continue north along the River Manifold and visit the stunning naturalcavern at Thor's Cave. From here it is also a short walk to the pretty village of Wetton. The village has an inn, and a church, part of which dates back to the 14th century.
For an alternative circular walk through the dale see the Ilam Dovedale Circular Walk which starts from the car park at the National Trust's Ilam Park. This will take you up to up to Stanshope on country lanes before heading into Dovedale at the Dove Holes caves. It then visits the stepping stones and Lovers Leap before returning to the car park.
For more walking ideas in the area see the White Peak Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Ilam Hall - - 1105951

Ilam Hall

Musden Low Triangulation Pillar - - 135648

Musden Low Triangulation Pillar

Manifold Trail - - 178985

Manifold Trail

River crossing below Beeston Tor - - 685647

River crossing below Beeston Tor

The flank of Old Park Hill - - 366853

The flank of Old Park Hill

Throwley Old Hall (geograph 4190488)

Throwley Old Hall

GPS Files

GPX File

Ilam Circular Walk.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Ilam Circular Walk.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)