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About the Ilam Park
Ilam Country Park is situated in one of the most popular positions in the South Peak District, with magnificent views towards Thorpe Cloud and the entrance to Dovedale. From the terrace in front of the Hall, the garden and lawns slope down to the River Manifold and the village church. Within the park are "boil holes", where the rivers Manifold and Hamps resurface after travelling underground, one of the largest resurgences in the country. A path leads from the boil holes along Paradise Walk, which is maintained as a landscaped promenade feature of the park. From here one can view the ancient Hinkley Wood, of great interest to ecologists for its native populations of two rare trees, small- and large-leaved limes, and hybrids between them. Ash regeneration is now filling the many gaps left by the demise of the elm. Standing deadwood has been left where possible for insect and bird interest. Small garden on site of old Italian garden.
Derbyshire DE6 2AZ United Kingdom