County Walk: Three Dales
PUBLISHED: 13:32 16 August 2013 | UPDATED: 13:34 16 August 2013
A delightful scenic walk departing from Derbyshire's 'honeypot' village of Hartington and taking in three unique dales before returning down grassy drystone-walled tracks. Pat Tidsall leads the way
Linear distance: 5½ miles
Total height climbed: Approx. 250ft
Approx. time: 2½ to 3 hours
Parking: Hartington village and pay and display car park SK128604
Paths: Clear dale and field paths and tracks
Refreshments: There are a number of outlets in Hartington
Toilets: In Hartington at the start of the walk
Hartington — Beresford Dale — Wolfscote Dale — Biggin Dale — Raynards Lane
1 The walk starts at the Charles Cotton Hotel. With the hotel on your right walk up the B5054 Warslow road to ‘The Rook’ and the toilets on the left. Turn left to walk up the steps between The Rook and the toilets.
2 Go through a small metal gate and turn right along a shale path behind the buildings.
3 Cross a track via two gated stiles. Follow the path round and down the hillside. At the bottom aim for a gateway in the wall on the left.
4 Keep straight on to go through another gateway or gate or the gated stile. Bear slightly left uphill to pass two waymarked signs then follow a stony path round the hill before bearing slightly right down to the woods. (A)
5 Go through a gated stile and walk down through Morson Wood.
6 Cross the footbridge into Beresford Dale (B). Follow this beautiful dale for about a quarter of a mile.
7 At the end of the dale by Beresford Lane turn sharp left across the footbridge. Turn right to walk across the water meadow.
8 (C) Go through a gated stile to cross a short wooded area by the river and bridge to go through another gated stile into Wolfscote Dale (D).
9 Walk along this magnificent dale on clear flat paths for just over one mile.
10 Just before a wall and stile ahead turn left signed Biggin. (E)
11 Walk up this gently climbing dry stony dale. The path here is quite rocky in places.
12 After just over one mile you will reach a footpath post. (F) Turn left to go through a small gate.
13 Walk down to a waymarked post and turn right. In about 300 metres turn left opposite the footpath post to take the Hartington route.
14 Climb the steep path aiming for the farm gate. Go through the gate to follow a grassy walled track. (G)
15 Pass through two more gates/stiles and by the ruins of a stone barn. Eventually you will see a track coming in on the right just before you join a surfaced lane (Raynards Lane).
16 (H) Keep straight on along the lane ignoring all side paths. In about three-quarters of a mile, at a right-hand bend where there is a good view of the church, leave the lane by the footpath post on the left. (I)
17 Go through the squeeze stile by the metal farm gate to walk down a short walled path and through another squeeze stile. Follow a wall on the right down the field. Go through a farm gate ahead.
18 Walk down a driveway which turns right to join the road. Turn left then left again to walk back to the start of the walk.