Our farm and riverside walk at Dove farm takes you down a track, across fields, a small semi-woodland area, and riverbank habitats. It is a natural haven for plants and wildlife of all kinds. The basic route is approx. 1.5 miles there and back with the option of various loops and extra bits to explore if you want to. It is easy walking, on the level, but uneven in parts. Sometimes sections of the riverbank may be overgrown, where we are allowing plants to flower. These specific areas may be easily walked around and avoided.
Allow approx half an hour for your walk, to simply walk down to the weir and back , to look at the hydro electric turbine, with its adjacent fish pass. Give yourself nearer to an hour, if you want to walk our length of the river.
Once you have said hello to the donkeys, the goats, alpacas and llamas, and any chickens who are pecking around.... you can set off on your walk!
• You start from the gate in front of the farmhouse, next to the chicken coops and walk along the straight “chicken path” between the 2 paddocks (where the donkeys are housed).
• Go out of the gate at the end (remembering to close it after you) and you are now on a public footpath/bridleway, with the Calwich walk to your left and heading towards Dove street and Ellastone bridge, to your right.
• Both of these directions will take you on pleasant walks.
You will find lots of options for walking in Staffordshire and Derbyshire (internal link to walks/cycling page) whilst staying at dove farm cottages
• Our very own farm walk is a hidden gem that will refresh and enchant you.
Because we keep it protected for the wildlife that thrives there, we choose not to publicise this corner of countryside, perched on the borders of Staffordshire and Derbyshire. It is our little haven of tranquillity that we are delighted to share with you, as guests of Dove Farm.
You will find a map of our walk, waiting for you in your cottage.
You might want to bring some sturdy footwear or walking boots.
There are sometimes muddy bits and uneven ground.
Here are some photos taken on our farm walk. there really is something different to notice every day.