Beresford, Wolfscote & Biggin Dales from Hartington

This Derbyshire walk starts from the village of Hartington and explores three limestone Dales. The route follows the River Dove and also includes a section through drystone walled fields above the village.

Technical sheet
No. 293015
A Hartington Town Quarter walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 23/09/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h10[?]
Distance Distance : 9.71km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 132m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 120m
Highest point Highest point : 314m
Lowest point Lowest point : 207m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Area Area : Peak District
Location Location : Hartington Town Quarter
Starting point Starting point : N 53.140785° / W 1.809903°
Ending point Ending point : N 53.140737° / W 1.808184°
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(D)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 Wolfscote 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).

(1)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). Cross the river here and continue alongside the river through an open field to enter Wolfscote Dale. There is a dramatic change in scenery as you enter a steep sided valley. The onward route is clear and the path good and you can make excellent progress down the Dale. After a mile and a half you reach the point where Biggin Dale comes in from the left (grid ref. SK142569).

(2)Turn left here and make your way up steep sided Biggin Dale. The path is easy to follow but is quite rough underfoot in places. In very wet weather there may be a stream but normally the valley is dry - a typical feature of limestone country. Eventually you reach an open area (grid ref. SK145587) where a smaller dale comes in from the right. Careful navigation is required here.

(3)Do not bear right, instead go left and follow the path a short distance to a junction of paths (grid ref. SK144588). Veer right here and follow the Dale, which becomes quite shallow up to a road (grid ref. SK147595). Turn left onto the road and take the unsurfaced lane on your left. This is Highfield Lane. Follow this track until you reach a footpath sign on your left (grid ref. SK139599).

(4)Follow this footpath across fields to a walled track (grid ref. SK132599). Turn right up this track to reach a road. Turn left, walk past Hartington Hall on your right and descend into Hartington. Reaching the main road, turn left and you will soon be back in the centre of the village.(A)

Waypoints :
D : km 0 - alt. 232m - Hartington village
1 : km 1.59 - alt. 247m - Cross footbridge and continue south
2 : km 4.3 - alt. 207m - Turn left up Biggin Dale
3 : km 6.23 - alt. 263m - Take lefthand path
4 : km 8.33 - alt. 314m - Take lefthand path
A : km 9.71 - alt. 236m - Hartington village

Useful Information

Hartington is a good centre for walkers. 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 Wolfscote Dale, through which the River Dove flows and the adjoining Biggin Dale, which for most of the year is a dry valley. The landscape is typical of the 'White Peak' with limestone outcrops common in this area.

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Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.83/5
Number of opinions : 2
Clarity of route description : 5/5
Clarity of route map : 4.5/5
Walk interest : 5/5

on Mon 04 Nov 2019 21:32:40 CET

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 04/11/19
Clarity of route description : Very good
Clarity of route map : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

An excellent walk very wet when we did it but still passable.Take extra care at point 4,dont take track on left,walk further to path thru fields.

on Tue 02 Jul 2019 12:03:16 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 13/06/19
Clarity of route description : Very good
Clarity of route map : Good
Walk interest : Very good

Lovely walk, easy to follow, easy going mostly but Biggin Dale was quite rocky and uneven underfoot. It's a circular walk and starts near a car park and public toilet in Hartington, so it's very convenient.
Saw Curlews, Dippers and Wheatears and many interesting wild flowers.

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