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Biggin, Wolfscote and Beresford Dales

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Biggin, Wolfscote and Beresford Dales
Author: mumnpets, Published: 29 Jan 2015 Walk rating : Rating:star0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Derbyshire, White peak
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Biggin, Wolfscote and Beresford Dales
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A pleasant circular walk along three interconnecting limestone dales starting from the village of Hartington. Biggin Dale, the first on the walk, is predominantly dry except for the latter part, where a stream appears and, for some distance, competes with the footpath. This is a very pretty dale and is also part of the Derbyshire Dales National Nature Reserve. Wolfscote Dale, the second on the walk, has high rocky cliffs and the River Dove flows between its steep banks. The third dale is Beresford Dale a much gentler tree lined dale, along which the River Dove continues to flow. Hartington is a major tourist village, set in the Dove Valley, with a duck pond on the green, a cheese shop, several pubs, a post office and general store.

On the walk you will pass over sections of farmland so please take care with dogs as the fields may contain livestock. There are several gates on route and various types of stile including wall and squeezer. A few places may be muddy especially after wet weather and some sections are rocky under foot, so good stout footwear is recommended. From the middle to the end of Biggin Dale the footpath in places competes with a stream so some care is needed to negotiate these wet sections. Public toilets are located at the start of the walk and refreshments are available in the village.

Hartington is nine miles south-east of Buxton and 12 miles north of Ashbourne, just off the A515 Buxton-Ashbourne road.

From Buxton: take the A515 towards Ashbourne. Then take the B5054 on the right to Hartington.

From Ashbourne: take the A515 towards Buxton and after about 12 miles turn left onto the B5054 to Hartington.

There is some street parking within the village centre, and a pay and display car park on Mill Lane. Approximate post code SK17 0AN.

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Walk Sections

Start to Right Turn
Start to Right Turn

Start point: 53.1398 lat, -1.8107 long
End point: 53.1398 lat, -1.8036 long

Leave the car park, back to Mill Lane and turn left for a few paces to reach the public toilets on the right. With your back to the public toilets turn right and stay on the right-hand pavement to follow the road as it bends right. You will pass the pub, the post office and Hartington village Stores. On reaching a staggered crossroads (and just before reaching the telephone box), turn right up Hall Bank.

During September well dressings are held in Hartington, an ancient tradition in Derbyshire where pictures are created in beds of clay using flower petals and natural materials. The colourful screens are erected on the green which overlooks the village pond and at the war memorial near the bottom of Hall Bank road.

Follow this road steeply uphill for approximately a quarter of a mile to pass the Youth hostel on the left. This magnificent manor house, Hartington Hall, was built by Robert Bateman in 1611. It is allegedly the place where Bonnie Prince Charlie stayed on his ill-fated march on London in 1745. Since 1934 it has been a Youth Hostel.

Ignore the path opposite the youth hostel, simply continue for a short while before taking a waymarked path on the right (opposite a house called Beech Trees).

Right Turn to Barn
Right Turn to Barn

Start point: 53.1398 lat, -1.8036 long
End point: 53.1379 lat, -1.7975 long

Go through the large metal gate and cross the field diagonally left to pass through a further metal gate. Cross the next field maintaining this diagonal bearing, then skirt the edge of the next field to reach and cross a wall stile onto a walled track (Highfield Lane). Turn right and follow the lane as it winds gently uphill, passing a stone barn on the right.

Barn to Biggin Dale Sign
Barn to Biggin Dale Sign

Start point: 53.1379 lat, -1.7975 long
End point: 53.1327 lat, -1.7804 long

Continue up the lane, taking time here to look back at the magnificent far reaching views. Soon you will reach the brow of the hill and then continue down the lane toward the cottages at Dale End, where you join the road.(This is a distance of around 3/4 of a mile from joining the lane). Turn right for a short distance before turning right again at a sign for Biggin Dale.

Biggin Dale Sign to Gate
Biggin Dale Sign to Gate

Start point: 53.1327 lat, -1.7804 long
End point: 53.1278 lat, -1.7863 long

Go through a wooden gate and follow the track gently downhill. The scenery becomes increasingly spectacular, changing from grassy slopes to more craggy limestone cliffs. As the track levels along the bottom of the dale, pass the end of a broken wall and continue heading for a wooden gate in the wall ahead. (Approximately half a mile from the road to the gate).

Gate to Pond
Gate to Pond

Start point: 53.1278 lat, -1.7863 long
End point: 53.1258 lat, -1.7845 long

Follow the path through the gate and, on reaching a rocky outcrop, ignore a path that goes off to the right signed for Hartington. Instead, continue in the direction indicated for Biggin Dale. The dale soon widens and here you should follow a path over a broken wall on the left, marked by a waymarker post. Follow this for a short distance to pass through a wooden gate beside a pond on the right.

Pond to Large Gate and Stream
Pond to Large Gate and Stream

Start point: 53.1258 lat, -1.7845 long
End point: 53.117 lat, -1.7877 long

On reaching a waymarker post, turn right following the Wolfscote Dale direction and keeping a wall close on the right. (Note: this area could be muddy and is rocky underfoot in places so take care). Follow the narrow path until you reach and pass through a large wooden gate. You will now have a wall on the left. As you continue along this craggy dale, a stream soon appears on the left, continue to follow the path beside this until you reach a further wooden gate with which the stream shares access. (A distance of just over half a mile from the pond to this gate).

Large Gate and Stream to Biggin Dale End
Large Gate and Stream to Biggin Dale End

Start point: 53.117 lat, -1.7877 long
End point: 53.1097 lat, -1.7893 long

The path continues close to the right edge of the stream, so may be muddy in places and is sometimes rocky underfoot. Continue until you reach the end of the dale, again the footpath is shared here by the stream. A little care is needed to balance on the rocks so you can reach and join the wider path of Wolfscote Dale. (A distance of half a mile from the large wooden gate to the end of the dale).

Biggin Dale End to Squeeze Stile
Biggin Dale End to Squeeze Stile

Start point: 53.1097 lat, -1.7893 long
End point: 53.1155 lat, -1.801 long

On reaching this wider path, turn right signed for Hartington and follow this path with the River Dove on the left.

Spectacular scenery abounds along the dale from rocky limestone cliffs to the burbling River Dove, but further along after passing through a squeeze stile, the features change to less dramatic more rounded slopes.(Approximately half a mile from joining Wolfscote Dale to the squeeze stile).

Squeeze Stile to Bridge
Squeeze Stile to Bridge

Start point: 53.1155 lat, -1.801 long
End point: 53.1227 lat, -1.8059 long

Continue along the dale for a further half a mile until you reach a gated squeeze stile beside a river bridge. Do NOT cross this bridge and ignore a path that goes up on the right. Instead, continue forward crossing a stream to go through a gated squeeze stile.

Bridge to River Bridge
Bridge to River Bridge

Start point: 53.1227 lat, -1.8059 long
End point: 53.1246 lat, -1.8099 long

Cross the meadow, keeping to the left and following the field boundary along the edge of the river until you reach the far right-hand corner (the field becomes water logged after wet weather). Cross the narrow river bridge and, at a waymarker, turn almost immediately right. You are now entering the more gentle wooded Beresford Dale.

River Bridge to Gated Squeeze Stile
River Bridge to Gated Squeeze Stile

Start point: 53.1246 lat, -1.8099 long
End point: 53.1304 lat, -1.8098 long

Follow the path with the River Dove on the right until you re-cross the river via a further wooden bridge. The river is now on the left. A short distance further on, the path starts a gradual ascent as it moves away from the river, passing through Morsen Wood and on through a gated squeeze stile.

Gated Squeeze Stile to Metal Gate
Gated Squeeze Stile to Metal Gate

Start point: 53.1304 lat, -1.8098 long
End point: 53.134 lat, -1.8106 long

The path continues across the meadow heading for and skirting around a grassy mound. Continue by following the waymarker posts, passing through a metal gate.

Metal Gate to Lane
Metal Gate to Lane

Start point: 53.134 lat, -1.8106 long
End point: 53.1369 lat, -1.8098 long

Cross the next two fields, bearing right then left until you cross a lane via two gated squeeze stiles.

Lane to End
Lane to End

Start point: 53.1369 lat, -1.8098 long
End point: 53.1397 lat, -1.8106 long

Follow the path with a wall close on the left, heading for and passing through a metal gate. A farm is soon reached on the left and the village of Hartington soon comes into view. Cross the field heading for a small metal gate which is located behind the toilet block. Follow the path to the right of the building going down a flight of stone steps to reach the end of the walk.

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Public toilets and the start of the walk
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Stile onto Highfield Lane
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Way marker on the lane
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Dale End cottage
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View back down Highfield Lane.
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