Peak District – Wild Camping – Dovedale Tarp & Bivvy

In this video I meet up with my friend Rich for an overnighter on a hill above Dovedale, a #MicroAdventure style trip. we met up at Ilam and had a great walk through Dovedale to Milldale and then went for a few beverages at the George Inn at Alstonefield while we waited for the day walking crowds to disperse. At around we 8pm we made our way back to Dovedale and found a fantastic little spot overlooking the dale itself. A great night was had and we awoke to a fantastic display of cloud and mist rolling around down in the valley. After a sharp descent back down we crossed the River Dove (wet feet) before heading back to the cars and off to work.

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All music by Dean Read. Footage shot with a Canon 550D with an 18-55mm Lens, the night footage and timeless were shot an iPhone 6 Plus and it was all edited in iMovie

2 thoughts on “Peak District – Wild Camping – Dovedale Tarp & Bivvy

  1. Nice one, Dean. I’m planning to walk from Ashbourne to Jedburgh in June, and I was looking around to see if camping was feasible in Dovedale, bearing in mind the crowds who are there in daytime. I should have known you’d been there, done it! Years ago, I used to sleep under the stars with some mates on the hills above Llangattock. No level ground, so we slept feet pointing downhill and were always interested to see who’s slid furthest downhill in the night.


    1. Hi Harry, there are a few option for camping spots but I prefer the one we used in this video as its up and out the way. We were lucky to get the place to ourselves the following morning when we walked back to Ilam, it’s very rare to see Dovedale empty 🙂


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