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Peak District Walk
Biggin, Wolfscote & Beresford Dales from Hartington

Outline Route Map Walk Grading

Nat Park - Peak District - White Peak Limestone Dales

County/Area - Derbyshire

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 5.5 miles / 8.9 km

Ascent - 400 feet / 121 metres

Grade - easy

Start - OS grid reference SK128605
Lat 53.141498 // Long -1.810103
Postcode SK17 0AW (approx. location only)

Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Biggin, Wolfscote & Beresford Dales from Hartington
 Photo from the walk - Biggin, Wolfscote & Beresford Dales from Hartington
 Photo from the walk - Biggin, Wolfscote & Beresford Dales from Hartington
 Photo from the walk - Biggin, Wolfscote & Beresford Dales from Hartington
 Photo from the walk - Biggin, Wolfscote & Beresford Dales from Hartington
 Photo from the walk - Biggin, Wolfscote & Beresford Dales from Hartington
 
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This Peak District walk explores three limestone dales to the south of the village of Hartington. The village has a range of places to eat and usually has ample parking around the duck pond. 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. The route crosses typical Limestone country found in the 'White Peak' and also follows a section of the well-known River Dove.

To start the walk, follow the B5054 east from the village centre. Turn first right up Hall Bank. Follow the road as it climbs up to Hartington Hall (on your left). Almost opposite the Hall is walled track (grid ref. SK131603) which runs due south. Turn into this lane and follow it to its end (grid ref SK133598) continuing on a signed footpath down to Reynards Lane (grid ref SK135595) where you bear left following the lane and track down into the upper reaches of Biggin Dale.

Reaching the bottom of the Dale turn right. In a short distance you reach an open area where you bear right to start the walk down Biggin Dale with its steep valley sides. Continue down Biggin Dale until you reach Wolfscote Dale and the River Dove. The path is easy to follow although in some sections it is quite rough underfoot.

On reaching the River Dove turn right up Wolfscote Dale. This is easy walking and you will make good progress north. Continue to the footbridge at the end of Beresford Lane (grid ref SK128586) where you cross to the west bank of the River Dove and also enter Beresford Dale. The steep sided valley of Wolfscote Dale is now replaced by a shallower wooded valley. The path crosses another footbridge and after a further section through woodland emerges into open fields for the remainder of the walk back to Hartington. Reaching the main road (public toilets here!), turn right and the centre of the village is a short walk away.

 
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