The University of York Outdoor Society

Outdoor Society


Dovedale is a picturesque valley in the Peak District, well known for the River Dove and the stepping stones people can use to cross it. The valley is the most popular Peak District location, attracting over a million visitors every year. The area is rich in history, with the Dovedale caves being used as shelters for hunters in 13,000 BCE, and as tombs for farmers around 4,500 years ago. Due to glacial meltwater, the limstone rock was cut into craggy shapes, leaving rock spires dotted around the area as well as Thorpe Cloud, a limestone hill, named by the vikings who also settled in the area.

A view around Dovedale