THE PEAK PILGRIMAGE: Ilam and Ilam Youth Hostel

Ilam Youth Hostel is a gem, a 17th Century Gothic Manor,  hidden amongst the Derbyshire dales, alongside the River Dove.  I spent the night before my pilgrimage there and was able to explore the building and grounds and partake of tea in the National Trust Tea Rooms!  The settlement grew up around the site of…

THE PEAK PILGRIMAGE: Walk from Ashbourne to Ilam

On one of the many blisteringly hot days of Summer 2018 I took the advice in the Peak Pilgrimage Guidebook and walked the five or so miles from Ashbourne to the start of the pilgrimage at Ilam. It proved to be a great decision .  It  got me back into the habit of walking alone away…