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Dovedale, also marketed as Dovedale Blue, is a cheese from the Peak District of Great Britain. It takes its name from a part of the River Dove on the Derbyshire and Staffordshire border known as Dovedale.

Dovedale is a full-fat semi-soft blue-veined cheese made from cow's milk. It was formerly produced only in the Hartington Creamery in Derbyshire which closed in 2009. There are plans to re-start production in Leek.[1] It has a creamy texture and a relatively mild flavour for a blue cheese; unusually for British cheeses, it is brine-dipped instead of being dry-salted.[2] It has been granted Protected Designation of Origin by the EU.[3]

The Product Authentication Inspectorate Ltd has set a standard for Dovedale, referred to as PAI Specification AS06.[4]


  1. "This Is Business Staffordshire 2009
  2. "Dovedale Cheese". British Cheese Board. 
  3. "National application No: 02313 - Dovedale Cheese". Defra. 
  4. "Schedule of Accreditation" (PDF). United Kingdom Accreditation Service. 16 September 2009. Retrieved 4 March 2010.  (Note: this link appears to be dead.)

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