Beresford Dale, Alstonefield & Wolfescote Dale from Hartington

This walk starts in Hartington and explores Beresford Dale before visiting the village of Alstonefield. The route then continues by descending back into Wolfescote Dale and a return to the start.

Technical sheet
No. 293131
A Hartington Town Quarter walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 14/09/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h45[?]
Distance Distance : 11.37km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 185m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 174m
Highest point Highest point : 314m
Lowest point Lowest point : 211m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Peak District
Location Location : Hartington Town Quarter
Starting point Starting point : N 53.140892° / W 1.809919°
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(D/A)To start the walk, follow the B5054 south from the village centre. Close to the public toilets on the left hand side you will locate the signed path into Wolfescote Dale. The path is well used and easy to follow and initially crosses open pastures before entering woodland. You are now in Beresford Dale. The path soon reaches the River Dove and you follow this well-known river south to reach a footbridge (grid ref. SK128588). Cross this to the other side of the river and continue south to a second footbridge at the end of Beresford Lane (grid ref. SK128586).

(1)Turn right down Beresford Lane and after a short distance take the signed footpath on the left. Continue until where the track bends left towards the buildings at Narrowdale (grid ref. SK126576). Here bear right onto a bridleway. At the end of the wall on your left, bear left uphill towards the flank of Narrowdale Hill. Go through the wall and walk left and continue on this footpath/track. Where the track bends left, continue straight ahead across fields and a track to reach a road (grid ref. SK126563).

(2)Turn left along the road for about 600 metres and at grid reference SK129558 bear left onto a track. Keep left walking northeast until you reach a footpath sign on the right hand side (grid ref. SK130558). Turn right here and almost immediately left to follow a well walked path across a number of fields. The path leads into a walled track and continues northeast towards Gypsy Bank and Dovedale.

Continue steeply down into Dovedale. Cross the river using the stepping stones and turn left along the opposite river bank. Continue through Wolfescote Dale to reach the bridge at Beresford Lane. Cross the bridge and return along the path used for the outward part of the walk back into Hartington.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 231m - Start: Hartington village centre
1 : km 1.97 - alt. 220m - Turn right down Beresford Lane
2 : km 4.36 - alt. 300m - Turn left along road
3 : km 6.77 - alt. 235m - Continue down into Dovedale
D/A : km 11.37 - alt. 234m - Finish: Hartington village centre

Useful Information

The start is the pretty village of Hartington which is an excellent centre for walking. The village, with its green and duck pond, has a range of places to eat and usually has ample parking. On busy days you may have to use the pay and display car park on the B5054 a short way from the centre in the direction of Hulme End. This walk explores Beresford Dale, through which the River Dove flows, before climbing up to the village of Alstonefield from where the route descends back into Dovedale for a return along the river to the start.

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Opinions and comments


Global average : 4/5
Number of opinions : 2
Clarity of route description : 4/5
Clarity of route map : 4/5
Walk interest : 4/5

on Tue 15 Jan 2019 13:35:40 CET

Global average : 3.67 / 5

Date of walk : 15/01/19
Clarity of route description : Average
Clarity of route map : Good
Walk interest : Good

We enjoyed this walk and the scenery is spectacular. We just have a few constructive comments below:

We got a little lost in some parts and thought the description could have been worded a little better. It also gave out a grid reference for one of the instructions but we didn't have a map with us so had to figure it out ourselves. If you walk a little further into Alstonefield there is a lovely gastro pub for food/drinks. There are no defined footpaths crossing the farmers fields so try and look out for the stile on the other side. Gypsy Bank is very steep and slippery in the wet.

on Tue 18 Sep 2018 17:55:27 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 12/09/18
Clarity of route description : Very good
Clarity of route map : Good
Walk interest : Good

Another good walk from Hikideas.
Easy to go astray on Narrowdale Hill if you don't keep your eye on the ball..... It would be easy to miss the footpath here.

Also don't be put off by the stepping stones shown on the map and noted in the text, as there is now an adjacent footbridge for the feint hearted.(prudent)

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