Dovehead and Three Shires Head Circular is a 5.2 mile loop trail located near Gradbach, Staffordshire, England that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

Length5.2 miElevation gain964 ftRoute typeLoop
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Dovehead and Three Shires Head is a beautiful hike in the Peak District. Parking can be a little tricky on busy days and you will be able to find all facilities at the start of the trail . On a sunny day, the walk is very relaxing and pleasant. The waterfalls is a must visit along the ride and there are many picnic tables on the way to enjoy with friends and family. The landscapes and views is just breathtaking. There are many livestock on the fields, sheep and a many other wild animals.

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Martin Brindley
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Very easy walk and ideal for a family walk, took around 2 hours with my son. Some lovely views so highly recommended

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Liam Smith
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Brilliant walk

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Tom Salt
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Lovely trail, last .5 mile steep incline beautiful views

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Mariska Bosman
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A beautiful hike in the Peak District. At arrival not many parking places left. On a sunny day it’s a relaxing hike. Lunch at the river/waterfall is nice. It can be busy with people. The dog enjoyed it too. We extended our walk and have seen some amazing views! It is worth a hike. Enjoy

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Alex Farndon
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lovely views on the way to the waterfall

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Tom Clare
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Corrie Edgar
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Pretty views but not spectacular

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James Stevenson
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Jay Blunden
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not great for the dog lots of livestock and roads

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Claire Fitzgerald
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Lovely. Watch out for the motor cross bikes.

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Jayne Pelling
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Walking

Super trail. We also did this backwards and found it worked much better

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Laura Harris
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Joshua Freeman
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Very peaceful trail. Road portion only makes up about 5% of the entire walk. True to the moderate rating. The ongoing water stream alongside us made the walk!

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Andy Kearsey
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Three Shires Head route is brilliant for a day out. Paths well cleared with only a few minor difficulties. In the Peaks itself, conditions change extremely quickly and the paths aren't great. Little to no signage throughout. Certainly need a good pair of boots, kit and decent hiking knowledge.

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Keith savage
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Nice walk especially the off road section down to 3 shires bridge which is lovely very popular especially on a sunny day but ok when we did it. in hignsite I would do it the opposite way round next time to avoid the steep climb at the end. 4 star due to too much road walking.

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Shannon O'Hara
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One of the best trails I’ve had. We went anti clockwise and bumped into a farm of Llamas and Emu’s. We followed the trial then to the waterfalls. Instead of using the path we actually walked along the embankment up stream which was beautiful. Lots of wildlife, lots of places to stop and enjoy the views. Really recommend

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Chloe Wildman
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The perfect trail! Some steep but short climbs in parts but nothing too strenuous. The waterfall is beautiful but does get busy with walking groups! Loads of animals along the way and really picturesque. There’s a nice pub ten minutes before the end of the trail too called the knights table. Can’t wait to do this one again!

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Gemma Beers
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Claire Emmerson
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Great views and easy trail to follow

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Andrew Eley
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Great walk dogs loved it

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Robert Rogers
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Joan Anderton
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Rachel King
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john nisbet
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Nicholas M
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