The picturesque village of Ilam (eye-lamb) nestles beside the River Manifold in the Staffordshire Peak District among limestone hills. It sits in the Peak District National Park on the Staffordshire border with Derbyshire, close to the famous Dovedale valley. It has Alpine style cottages, a church and river and is set against the backdrop of Bunster Hill, Thorpe Cloud and the steep and tumbling pastures. There is a youth hostel at Ilam Hall, set within Ilam Park, cared for by the National Trust.
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6 miles Northeast of Ashbourne, take the A52 towards Leek for 4 miles. Turn right at crossroads, follow the signs towards Ilam and Blore. In Blore turn left and follow the road into the village of Ilam.