Wolfscote Dale + Biggin Dale Walk From Hartington | 5-Mile Route

Wolfscote Dale walk in Peak District

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The walk from Hartington through Wolfscote Dale is a beautiful route and perfect for a short walk in the Peak District. It’s a great route to do on a morning, afternoon or maybe an evening stroll (that’s when I did the walk).

This is a classic low-level White Peaks walk, with green hills, streams and limestone rocks jutting out from the landscape. The route takes you through three of the Derbyshire Dales starting in Beresford Dale which leads to Wolfscote Dale and finally down Biggin Dale before following the track to Hartington.

Since the walk takes you through the dales it’s an easy route, as regards to navigation and the terrain is pretty good with a few rocky sections through Biggin Dale towards the end of the walk. The Wolfscote Dale section of the walk is the highlight whilst following the River Dove through the dale.

Here you will find details on how to get to the start of the walk at Hartington, parking options, map, route information, plus a detailed step by step guide of the walk.

Option to add Wolfscote Hill, which will add approximately 2-miles to the route. Or you can just save that walk for another time – Wolfscote Hill 4-mile route.

Update April 2022 – New signage has appeared on the path up to this route saying: ‘The agreement that existed to provide permissive access has now expired. From this date, there is no permissive access along this route or over this area’. The land that Wolfscote Hill stands on shows as  Access Land on the OS map, however, I’m unsure if this has also changed. Please note, you may be unable to complete this route at present, I’ll update with further information if I find out more.

Have you done any of the Derbyshire Dales? Let me know in the comments.

 

Wolfscote Dale + Biggin Dale from Hartington

Wolfscote Dale - river and trees
River Dove running through Wolfscote Dale

Walk information

Walk type: Short easy circular walk

Distance: 5.4 miles/8.7 km

Walk time: 2.5-3 hours

Total ascent: 262 m/859 ft

Highest point: 286 m/938 ft

Walk highlights: Beresford Dale, Wolfscote Dale and River Dove

Trigs: 0 (Option to add Wolfscote Hill)

Ethels: 0 (Option to add Wolfscote Hill)

Stiles: 1 stone stile (option to avoid)

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Wolfscote Dale + Biggin Dale walk map

Wolfscote Dale walk map

Click for OS online map © Crown copyright and database rights (2022) OS 002572460

Walk start point

Hartington farm shop
Hartington farm shop

Start grid reference: SK 12767 60331

Car parking address: Parson’s Field Car Park, Parsons Close, Hartington, Buxton, SK17 0BE

Parking cost*

Up to 1 hour £1.70
1 – 2 hours £2.70
2 – 3 hours £4.00
3 – 4 hours £5.20
All day £6.20

If you’re planning an evening walk the parking cost is a set amount of £1.20 ( from 6 pm to 8 am).

There are also a few free parking spaces in the village square but these fill up pretty quickly!

*Costs correct at time of writing.

Public transport

Nearest train station: Buxton train station (11 mile/18 km)

High Peak buses run a service from Buxton to Hartington, number 442 bus, it’s about 40 minutes on the bus.

Facilities on the walk

Hartington village square
Hartington village square

There are public toilets available at the start of the walk at Hartington. There are also a couple of pubs and shops in the village to visit after your walk.

Other useful information

Footbridge at end of Beresford Dale
Footbridge at end of Beresford Dale

The Wolfscote Dale walk is a beautiful route, both navigation and terrain for this walk are fairly easy; however, the section through Biggin Dale is narrow and rocky. Also, with a few narrow bridges and slim stone stiles, it’s not a push-chair friendly route!

When the river levels are high, mostly during winter months after melting snow and heavy rain raises the water levels, the footpath at the bridge into Wolfscote Dale and along Biggin Dale can become flooded (wellies advised!) 

There’s one stone stile towards the end of the walk, see instructions in Stage 3 for how to detour this stile if necessary.

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Ordnance Survey Walk Map

The map required for this walk is OL24 – Peak District (White Peak Area). Check prices here with Ordnance Survey or Amazon.

And don’t forget your compass, I recommend the Silva Expedition compass

For online maps, you can get via OS Online App or Viewranger App.

Check prices here for the one month or yearly option with OS Online App. 

 

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View from cave

Wolfscote Dale walk route

Stage 1 – Hartington to Wolfscote Dale

Distance: 1.4 miles/2.2 km

Grid reference SK 12767 60331

From Hartington farm shop and cafe, go up the small path between the buildings (public toilets on the other side), where it’s signposted ‘public footpath to Dove Dale via Beresford and Wolfscote Dales’. Walk up the track bearing right towards the hills, then through two gates close together continuing south.

Footpath and hills from Hartington
Path at the start of the walk

Keep walking and follow the public footpath signs, through a gap in a drystone wall and past a hill on your left. Eventually, you’ll reach a stone stile in a wall (there’s a gate too) leading into Morson Woods, a pretty section of the walk as you approach Beresford Dale.

Go across the footbridge into Beresford Dale with the river now on your left. Walk until you reach a wide track, from here cross the river again via the footbridge and follow the lower path leading into Wolfscote Dale (you may need to walk on the upper path and detour across if the field is flooded).

Green trees and path
Walking through Beresford Dale

Stage 2 – Wolfscote Dale to Biggin Dale

Distance: 1.3 mile/2 km

Grid reference SK 13071 58411

Gate and drystone wall start of Wolfscote Dale
Start of Wolfscote Dale

Option to add Wolfscote Hill – From the start of Wolfscote Dale you can add a circular detour to include Wolfscote Hill with a trig! It’s an extra 2.8 km and 171 metres ascent. Check out the route here from our Wolfscote Hill walk.

Update April 2022 – New signage has appeared on the path up to this route saying: ‘The agreement that existed to provide permissive access has now expired. From this date, there is no permissive access along this route or over this area’. The land that Wolfscote Hill stands on shows as  Access Land on the OS map, however, I’m unsure if this has also changed. Please note, you may be unable to complete this route at present, I’ll update with further information if I find out more.

As you go through the wooden gate into Wolfscote Dale you’ll notice a small cave above the path (worth a visit). Then continue along the footpath section to the River Dove. Look out for wildfowl on the water, plenty of ducks and you might see the rare Mandarin Duck.

It’s a lovely wide track as you walk down the dale, past the weirs and various rock formations. As you near the end of the dale you’ll see a huge rock formation called Drabber Tor and further along you’ll see Peaseland Rocks. At the end of Wolfscote Dale, you’ll see a National Trust signpost, pointing to Hartington, Milldale and left to Biggin, (the route you’ll take).

Footpath, river and rock formations
Footpath alongside Drabber Tor

Stage 3 – Biggin Dale to Hartington

Distance: 2.8 miles/4.5 km

Grid reference SK 14213 56972

Signpost
Signpost to Biggin Dale

Turn left and head down Biggin Dale, the path along this part of the route is rockier so what your footing and this is where the worst flooding can be in winter. There is also a small cave along this part of the walk (over the stile on your right).

In summer months, you’ll walk along the dried-up river bed, as the narrow footpath on the left can be overgrown with nettles! Walk until you reach a gate, go through and continue down the path until you reach a second gate.

Rocky terrain, grass and trees
Walking down Biggin Dale (as the sun was setting!)

Follow this path until you reach a signpost directing you left back to Hartington. Turn left and go through the gate out of Biggin Dale. Then after about 300 metres, turn left at the next signpost, heading uphill out of the dale.

Continue walking on a track, past some farm buildings, ignore the first turnings on your left and continue until a narrow stone stile. Walk down here, turn left at the bottom and continue until it brings you out at the back of the Hartington farm shop.

Avoid the stile – Stay on the road and walk into Hartington Village, turn left past the pubs and left again back to the car park.

Any questions about this walk from Hartington? Ask me in the comments

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