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.
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.
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.
• Tissington Trail
• Iron Torrs
• The River Dove
• Wolfescote Dale
• Nature Reserves
• Stepping Stones
• Biggin Dale
• Pike Pool
• Beresford Dale
• Charles Cotton Fishing House
• Biggin Grange
• 17th Century Biggin Hall
• The Waterloo Inn
Finish: 4.30pm (eta)
Distance: 10.76 miles (17.15 Kilometres)
604.00 feet [masked] metres) at the lowest point
[masked] feet [masked] metres) at the highest point
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
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.