Walking and Rambling around Ilam
The hostel is on the doorstep of one of the most beautiful limestone dales in Britain, with trails offering steep cliffs and spires, rare woodlands species and quaint picturesque villages. Walk by the white crags of the Twelve Apostles, peer into the yawning mouths of Dove Holes and pass the imposing Tissington Spires.
You may even discover a little treasure along the way; last year a visitor stumbled upon four coins from the Roman and Late Iron Age in the huge natural arch of Reynard's Cave and Kitchen."
Other things to do nearby
One of the most popular circular walks will take you down the valley into Milldale where you can visit the characterful shop/café.
Take an off-road route down to the River Dove, there's lots of rough and ready tracks for you to enjoy.
The White Peak offers climbing for all abilities. Popular sites include Dove Dale, the Manifold Valley and the famous Thors Cave - which boasts brilliant crags and bouldering.
Raven's Tor in Dovedale offers superb crack and face climbing on solid rock, all in a beautiful setting above the river.
Stargazing – a simple yet intriguing and inspiring evening activity.
YHA Hartington Hall is an ideal base to explore cycling of all natures from family friendly trails to endurance mountain biking routes.
The Peak District offers an ideal landscape for the more experienced climber, with amazing crags and bouldering opportunities just minutes from the hostel door.
In just 15 minutes you can be down by the River Dove, feeding the ducks, watching the herons and, if you're lucky, a kingfisher. A gentle, idyllic walk that everyone can enjoy.
There are an unlimited amount of mountain bike routes around the Hartington area for all abilities.
Converted former railway lines, such as the Tissington, High Peak and the Manifold Trails offer great routes for cycling.
Sheen lies between the lower Dove and Manifold Valleys, well known for their scenic beauty. These are some of the most popular walks in the whole country.
The Tissington Trail is just 5 minutes drive away and provides links to the beautiful village of Hartington and the market town of Ashbourne.
The most important prehistoric site of the East Midlands, Arbor Low is a Neolithic henge monument atmospherically set amid high moorland. Some say that this is the finest Stone Age 'henge'
Jump on your bike and enjoy the landscape.
Ashbourne has remained largely unchanged since the 18th century, with it's Medieval street pattern and historic buildings.
A circular route taking in stunning Lathkill Dale can be tailored to your walking level.