Lower Damgate Farm Cottages & Wedding Venue Dovedale Animal Sanctuary

Dovedale, llam, Nr Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 2AD
Tel: 01335 310367 Mob: 07779 210791 Email: info@damgate.com

Phone:  +44 (0)1335 310 367

               +44 (0)7779 210 791

               +44 (0)7968 507469

Email:    info@damgate.com

Lower Damgate Farm
Ilam Dovedale
Nr Ashbourne
Lower Damgate Farm is a destination on both Google maps and Waze so please put the farm name into Sat Nav rather than the postcode. Our postcode takes you to Stanshope which is 1/2 mile north of the farm.

If you have the APP WHAT3WORDS our 3m grid reference is SMILES. RELAXED. LOOMS for the cottages and MESSAGED. WEDDING. MANDOLIN for the Dovedale Barn and CARBON.DEVELOP. HEAVEN for Dovedale Animal Sanctuary



SAT-NAV is notoriously bad around our Farm as there are lots of little roads that are inaccessible or difficult to access by car. Therefore we suggest you look at a Map or use Google Maps or Waze to familiarise yourself with the area. Lower Damgate Farm is a destination on both maps.

The postcode DE6 2AD runs for a mile along our road ILAM MOOR LANE and takes you to Stanshope.

We are 1⁄2 a mile south of this hamlet towards Ilam and closer to DE6 2BD.
On the map we are between Ilam and Stanshope
Please note that we are Lower Damgate Farm and NOT Damgate Farm.

Travelling from London or the South via the M1

Exit at Junction 24 of the M1 onto the A50 towards Derby, Uttoxeter and Stoke on Trent.
A50 – come off at the A515 Junction Ashbourne exit (just past a roundabout) Stay on the A515 to Ashbourne and then at the first roundabout turn left towards Mayfield (then follow the Ashbourne to Ilam directions below)

Travelling from London or the South via the M40 and M42 There are two options from the M42.

Come off at Junction 9 of M42 (Litchfield) pick up A442 past the Belfry Golf course, at the next roundabout (2 miles) Turn North onto the A38. Stay on the A38 to Barton under Needwood.
Alternatively take the M6 Toll Road and come off at Junction 4. From there pick up the A38 towards Burton on Trent.

Once on the A38 North you have two options.

Stay on the A38 to the A50 (directions above)
Or come off at Barton – Under- Needwood, Go through Barton-U-Needwood. One mile after the village right turn, signposted to Rangemore. On this turning there is an old pub that has been turned into an Indian restaurant. After approx. 4 miles you come to a roundabout, go straight across the roundabout keeping the Garage on your left. After approx. 2 miles turn right at the crossroads onto the A515. Stay on this road going through Draycott in the Clay (mind the speed cameras) straight across the next roundabout and carry on this road (over a level crossing) until you get to the major roundabout on the A50. Turn left onto the A50 then half a mile take the next exit signposted Ashbourne, this takes you back onto the A515 to Ashbourne again.

Ashbourne to Stanshope/Ilam (Lower Damgate Farm)

A515 / A52 main roundabout (this is the O where you can see Marks & Spenser and Home base)
Take the A52 towards Leek and Mayfield. Go past the Duke of York Petrol Station on your right (best price in Ashbourne) and over the river Dove. Go past the Mayfield turning on your left staying on the A52, and as the road swings right and goes uphill you will see a white Gate House immediately on the right.
Take this right turn with caution just before the Gate house. (Signpost to Okeover, Blore and Mappleton). You are now on a single track road.
Stay on this road; go over a cattle grid, through Okeover Park and over another cattle grid. At the T-junction turn left. After travelling approx. 2 miles up hill you will come to Blore Hall, Just past the Hall Turn Right turn at the Crossroads. Signpost to Dovedale and Ilam. (There are Spectacular views across Dovedale and Ilam from here, and you will drive past our wood Bloor Pastures on the right and over another cattle grid, zig zagging down into the village of Ilam. (We are still nearly 2 miles away!)
As you come down the steep hill into Ilam Village, Go over the bridge, past the monument on your right and drive through the village, keep the entrance to National Trust Ilam Hall on your left and then past the School on your right.
Stay on this road (signposted Wetton/Stanshope) and go up a very steep hill for approx. 1.8 miles. As you start to descend again, you will see two farms directly opposite each other in a Dip in the road. Our Farm (Lower Damgate Farm) is on the Right with a large pollarded sycamore tree by the Gate and a sign (see picture below) If you get to Stanshope from this direction you have gone too far!

Travelling from the North via the MI

Come off the MI at Junction 29, head to Chesterfield and then pick up the road to Matlock (A632)
Stay on the A632 for approx. 1.5 miles going up at very long steep hill. At the brow of the hill Turn Right (Signpost – Darley Dale)Go to Darley Dale (approx. 3 miles Roman roads and last mile is downhill) At the bottom of the hill is a T Junction. Turn Right onto the A6. Then immediately left at the Traffic lights. Stay on this road (mainly uphill) and go through the villages of Wensley and then Winster where you will take a Left Turn at the end of the high street. (No signposts) Go up the very steep hill for 300 Yards to the stop sign and then go (left/right) but it looks like you’re going straight across at the jagged crossroads. Stay on this roman road for

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approx. 3 miles. At the T Junction turn Right (though it looks as though you are going straight on) Stay on this road until you get to Newhaven and the A515. (Buxton to Ashbourne road) Turn left onto the A515 towards Ashbourne.

After approx. 4 miles on the A515, just pass a steep S Bend, Turn Right opposite the Alsop Car Park on the Tissington Trail, (no signpost though you are heading for the Villages of Alstonefield & Milldale) after 1⁄2 mile at a T Junction Turn Right again going down a steep hill where you will find the Rover Dove at the bottom. Go over the River Dove; Turn left sign posted Milldale follow the road (& river to your left) through Milldale, after approx. 1.5 miles you will get to the Watts Russell Pub. Turn left just after pub, then immediately sharp left again up a steep hill (signpost Ilam).
Stay on this road for approx. 1 mile till you get to Stanshope (Sat Nav Ends Here) we are 1⁄2 mile further along this road on the Left. The Farm entrance on the left is in a dip in the road with a bend.

Stanshope to the Farm

We are 3⁄4 mile south from Stanshope and you will find the Farm. Holiday Cottages and Wedding Barn entrance on your left. Our entrance is in a dip in the road with a large (Pollarded) Sycamore tree outside our gates as well. If you get to Ilam you have gone too far!

Travelling from the North and West M6 or M56

From the M6 North come off at the Manchester Airport Junction ( 20A) and take the M56 to the airport, come off at the Airport Junction (Junction 5) stay on this dual carriageway until you get to the very end and the Airport. Go left/straight at the main roundabout onto the Aviator Way and Ring way road heading for the B5166 Styal Road. You will come to a T Junction with a garage on the left. Turn Left. Stay on this road for about half a mile and you will see a sign for Styal golf club, first turning on your left. Take this road and stay on it until you get to a cross roads with traffic lights. Go straight across, (it looks like you are cutting through a new housing estate. Go straight along this road for about 1 mile cross 2 roundabouts. At the third roundabout take a left, and then almost immediately at another roundabout turn Right. This takes you onto the B5358 heading towards Macclesfield. Stay on the road for about 3⁄4 miles passing lots of garden centres! Until you come under a bridge and a T junction and Traffic Lights. Take a Right onto the A523 towards Macclesfield.

You will pick up the dual carriageway and stay on this over a couple of roundabouts until you get to the Argici bianci store and main Traffic Lights. Take a right here to Buxton.

Macclesfield to Buxton

Coming across the Cat and Fiddle road is long and windy though has some of the most fantastic views. However there is a cut through from one end to the other saving time and miles.

From Buxton to Lower Damgate Farm

Take the A515 South for approx. 8 miles, Turn right opposite Alsop Car Park on the Tissington Trail, (no signpost though you are heading for Alstonefield) then 1⁄2 mile right again at the T-junction ( going down a steep hill)
Go over the River Dove; Turn left signposted Milldale follow the road through Milldale and after approx. 1.5 miles you will get to the Watts Russell Pub. Turn left after pub then immediately left again (signpost Ilam) after approx. 1 mile you get to Stanshope, and then a further 3⁄4 mile and you will find the property and barns on your left with a big (Pollarded) Sycamore tree outside the gates. You will see Cedric the sheep sign at the gate. – If you get to Ilam you have gone too far!

From Ilam to Lower Damgate Farm

From the Ilam Monument go north past the National Trust Gates on your left and the school on your right. Head straight up the road (steep hill), staying on this road for 1.8 miles. You will pass a couple of isolated farms and as you head down the second hill! You will see two farms in the dip across from each other. Lower Damgate Farm is the farm on the Right with a big pollarded Sycamore Tree by the Gate and a Sign with Cedric the Sheep on it. Pull into the drive way and the cottages are all on your left, you will find 2 x Parking spaces on the gravel before the cottages and then another 8 x parking spaces in the courtyard where there is a raised tree bed. If you go through the second set of gates this leads you into the farm courtyard where there is parking for the Farmhouse and Old B&B rooms.

Have a very safe trip and we look forward to welcoming you when you arrive.