Walk - Tiss a Whim to a Wolf

Now the clocks have gone forward its time to fit in a picturesque walk which has Dales, Caves and a Trail all within. An area that has numerous nature reserves and ancient remains, a place where nature has been left to develop in the dales and a location that is ready to be discovered by Nottingham Sociable's.

The Route:

Starting in the small village of Biggin we shall head south onto the Tissington Trail and route 68, then from there we shall head to the Iron Tors as we reach the dales first; Wolfscote Dale then Biggin Dale,then back to Wolfscote Dale passing Whim farm before reaching Beresford Dale, as we wander through these dales we shall come across several caves, and attached to the river Dover there will be weirs, a pike pool and footbridges too.

After passing the old site of Charles Cotton Fishing House we shall head upwards to the village of Hartington via Beresford Dale. Once at Hartington we will then move easterly and onto the track that goes to Dale End at which point we walk back into Biggin Dale another nature reserve where we reach Dale Head with a turn left at the road and onto the next footpath where this one takes up back to Biggin where the Waterloo Inn stands waiting with nice cold and refreshing drinks.

Road Directions:

Choice of 2 routes

Route 1 - Take A52 to Ashbourne then take the A515  North, keep on A515 for 9 miles, then turn left when signposted for Biggin,  stay on the same road (Main Street) past the church and The Waterloo Inn is on the right.

Route 2 - Take the A6 to Cromford , at the traffic light junction at Cromford turn left and then 2nd right on the A5012, continue on the A5012 for 9.5 miles, when reach Newhaven turn left onto the A515 then the first right into Biggin, follow Main Street into Biggin past the Church  and The Waterloo Inn is on the right hand side.


Highlights:

• Biggin

• Tissington Trail

• Iron Torrs

• The River Dove

•  Wolfescote Dale

•  Nature Reserves

•  Stepping Stones

•  Biggin Dale

•  Caves

•  Weirs

•  Pike Pool

• Beresford Dale

• Charles Cotton Fishing House

•  Hartington

•  Biggin Grange

•  17th Century Biggin Hall

•  The Waterloo Inn

Route Details:

Start:  10.15am 

Finish:  4.30pm (eta) 

Distance:  10.76 miles (17.15 Kilometres)

Elevation: 

604.00 feet [masked] metres) at the lowest point

[masked] feet [masked] metres) at the highest point

Footpaths: 50% 

Tracks:  35% 

Roads:  15%

The Usual:

As always make sure you are prepared for this walk. 

You will need: 

• Walking boots are always the ideal footwear of choice - even though its Spring it still can be wet underfoot, making it slippery so a good grip and ankle support is essential.

• Suitable clothes, Layers are good, (Jeans aren't recommended as if they get wet they become heavy) lightweight breathable trousers are better, walking trousers or sports wear.

• Waterproofs are essential any time of the year as you never know in the countryside and best to be prepared.

• Hats & gloves - worthwhile to pack just in case

• Snacks, Sweets etc.

• Adequate water or soft drinks

• Camera 

As it's Spring the weather can change so you may need waterproofs but then again it can also still be sunny too so don't forget your sunglasses too also useful to bring spare warm clothing such as an extra jumper/jersey and maybe a spare pair of socks.

Sense of humour is essential!!


Lunch will be in Wolfscote Dale plan is to stop somewhere near to the start of Beresford Dale and a cave that is close by, the cave is an options in case of cooler weather or by the river and take in the views and the landscape but these are in open countryside with NO shops/café's near by so: 

PLEASE BRING A PACKED LUNCH - please be self-sufficient by bringing/buying food & drink for the day before hand.

Please arrive in plenty of time so we can promptly start at 10.15am 

(I do have a cut off time that we WILL start walking by so if you arrive late I cant guarantee we will be there still waiting)

When I plan the route beforehand I have to calculate  daylight times for the safety of the group and benefit to you all.

Thanks

Andy


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  • Anita B.

    Had a great day. was lovely to meet everybody. Hope to be back soon

    1 · April 13, 2014

  • Jane

    Stunning walk, good company and a lovely pint at the end. Thanks Andy.

    1 · April 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    was a lovely walk.. thanks a lot

    1 · April 13, 2014

  • Tahir

    Another great walk Andy, thanks for arranging and leading it and for keeping the rain at bay

    1 · April 13, 2014

  • Rachel

    A fantastic day with lovely people. Will definitely go again. Thanks Andy!

    1 · April 13, 2014

  • Emma B

    Really pretty walk - thanks Andy. PS.I will let you all know when my first edition of Heat Magazine for Nottingham Sociables comes out :D)

    3 · April 12, 2014

    • Rachel

      I'll subscribe Emma!! Lovely to catchup on everything - look forward to the next time

      April 13, 2014

    • Emma B

      :) can you imagine, all the gossip ever needed, who did what with who, when and where, and shock photos! ;)

      3 · April 13, 2014

  • Marcia

    Thanks Andy for organising a great walk in a beautiful setting and even a bit of sun! Thanks to everyone else for your friendliness and entertaining conversations.

    1 · April 13, 2014

  • Rachel

    It was a great day out with lovely people and a fabulous walk inDerbyshire. Thank you Andy!

    1 · April 13, 2014

  • Fiona

    Great day out with some lovely people, much needed exercise, slept like a log :)
    Thanks Andy for organizing and did anyone solve the 'whim' of the walk? :)

    1 · April 13, 2014

  • Rachel

    Great walk and great people! Lovely to catchup with old friends and meet some new ones too. Thanks Andy and Linda

    1 · April 13, 2014

  • Helen T.

    Very enjoyable walk. Good company and well navigated by Andy our leader for the day. Will definitely join you again.

    1 · April 12, 2014

    • susan

      P.S. Thanks for organising Andy!

      April 13, 2014

    • Andy S.

      Only becausw like a true leader - Lynda led the walk from the front where I usually wander at the back chatting so miss turnings lol

      April 13, 2014

  • Helen

    We will be there at 10:30 please wait for us sorry we got held up

    April 12, 2014

    • Andy S.

      Sorry missed you we left at 10.28, but had no signal once started walking ,so didnt receive your message to later on, next time please ring

      April 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great walk, lovely people and scenery! Thanks Andy

    1 · April 12, 2014

  • Ana M

    Andy, I loved it! The Derbyshire Dales are as pretty as the Yorkshire Dales, I just realised.
    Was fantastic to catch up with everyone too and meet new members. Just a truly great day. Thank you! :-)

    2 · April 12, 2014

  • Lynda

    Great walk with friendly people

    1 · April 12, 2014

  • Annie

    Thanks Andy, had a really great time and met a lovely bunch (technical term there!) of people. Really glad I joined you all for my first Meetup walk, hope to see you all again soon!

    1 · April 12, 2014

  • Hugh W.

    My first time. Great company and enjoyable walk. I shall come again

    1 · April 12, 2014

  • Gerrard S.

    Thanks Andy. Great walk, and nice to meet up with people I've not seen for ages, and new people I haven't met. Photos to follow...

    1 · April 12, 2014

  • Sally

    Sorry guys... Couldn't make it on time. Went to the wrong biggin.. No postcode my sat nav went to the Ashbourne biggin! :-( really disappointed I missed the walk..

    April 12, 2014

  • karl

    Sorry have just woke up will not be coming know.

    April 12, 2014

  • John B.

    Got to take my car to the @#£% garage. Gutted

    April 12, 2014

  • Shaniek P.

    Anyone coming from Nottingham? I need a ride.

    April 9, 2014

    • Anita B.

      I am coming from ollerton way if that's any help

      April 9, 2014

    • Shaniek P.

      Sorry for the late reply. I am just seeing this. Unfortunately something came up that I can't get out of for this afternoon so I will miss the walk. Thanks for your kindness.

      April 12, 2014

  • Shaniek P.

    Sorry guys. Something came up for 3pm today that I can't get out of. I will have to miss the walk. Thanks for offering me lifts. I didn't see the notifications so sorry that I didn't reply. Please have fun,post pics and I will be at the next walk :)

    April 12, 2014

  • Kirstine

    Apologies for having to drop out - work has gotten in the way. Have a great day.

    April 12, 2014

  • Tahir

    If anyone needs a lift from the Sherwood, Nottingham area just get in touch. ..

    1 · April 9, 2014

    • Ahmed

      Hi Tahir. Can I please have a lift?

      April 11, 2014

  • Mark

    Hi Andy,
    I am sorry I have a problem with my house which I need to sort out tomorrow so will not be able to make it. Hope you have a good walk.

    Mark

    1 · April 11, 2014

    • Andy S.

      Thanks for letting me know

      April 11, 2014

  • Helen

    I live in Rainworth Mansfield...if anyone is local and would like a lift let me know!

    April 9, 2014

    • Anita B.

      Hi i shall be coming through rainworth from ollerton so can pick you up on the way if you want

      April 10, 2014

    • Anita B.

      or meet you. This is my first walk with the group

      April 11, 2014

  • Kelly

    Sorry I won't be joining you now as I have a cold. Was really looking forward to it so will try to make it to another walk soon

    April 11, 2014

  • Andy S.

    UPDATE: Weather forecast for tomorrow (Saturday) for Hartington, Derbyshire - Cloudy with some sunny outbreaks throughout the day, possibility of a light shower between 1pm (1300hrs) and 4pm (1600hrs), temp max 12 Celsius (54 Fahrenheit) with a light wind from a Westerly direction and visibility is very good. Source: Met Office, BBC & Accu weather.

    Please arrive in plenty of time so we can promptly start walking at 10.15, car park at pub is small so park on edge of the road and meet outside the Waterloo Inn pub, Biggin. Please be self sufficient for lunch and if you have any problems call me on 0788 1444369.
    Andy

    April 11, 2014

  • Andy S.

    Hi - Any chance of a lift from anyone please?

    April 6, 2014

    • Sally

      Have you managed to sort a lift yet Andy?.. I'm in hucknall.. I can't remember where you live?..

      April 10, 2014

    • Andy S.

      Hi yes thanks I have a lift with Lynda

      April 11, 2014

  • Helen

    Would I be able to bring my daughter? She's ten and a half

    1 · April 8, 2014

    • Andy S.

      We have had children before come on walks - although in the past it has been teenagers, if you are sure she can walk the distance, keep up with the group and is prepared for the walk then she can come along unless anyone else has any objections? then you can message me privately via email on my profile page

      April 9, 2014

    • Helen

      Hi Andy, thanks for getting back to me, Grace is fit and strong and shouldn't have any problems...hopefully there won't be any objections and we'll see you on Saturday

      April 9, 2014

  • Annie

    New to the outdoor life but looking forward to the challenge. Step 1 agree to get my but off the sofa! done!

    April 7, 2014

    • Gerrard S.

      I'll be at the back of the pack, as I managed to get off my sofa last time :)

      1 · April 8, 2014

  • sonia

    What a shame we can't join this time. But I will keep an eye out for the next one! Have a great time..we'll be gardening in Hampshire instead :)

    April 7, 2014

  • Lynda

    I can give a lift from sandiacre but have a back up plan in case I am on babysitting duty!

    April 7, 2014

  • Kelly

    Maybe

    1 · March 28, 2014

  • Di

    OMG!! [masked] metres) at the highest point LOL!!

    1 · March 26, 2014

    • Andy S.

      Whoops will amend that later - to[masked] m...... only kidding

      1 · March 27, 2014

    • Sally

      Well spotted Di! ;-)

      1 · March 27, 2014

  • Andy S.

    Good to see someone reads all the information I put down - amended the height now, lol

    2 · March 27, 2014

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