Beresford Dale & Biggin Dale

The Peak District National Park was created in 1951, the first national park in the UK. Walking in the Peak District can be quite varied, with the more gentle limestone dales of the White Peak and the higher, gritstone moors of the Dark Peak, meaning there’s something for everyone.

Beresford Dale & Biggin Dale

This walk takes in some of the best of the White Peak and starts in one of the nicest and most picturesque villages too. Beresford Dale is a lovely tranquil place, Biggin Dale a rugged and beautiful nature reserve, and there’s a fabulous descent was you walk into Hartington, with wonderful views. There are also good options for eating and drinking in Hartington itself.

Initially the walk takes you in a southerly direction across fields to the wooded, serene Beresford Dale. From there, you then head into the upper reaches of the more dramatic Wolfscote Dale, before a left turn into Biggin Dale. Gently rising through Biggin Dale, there’s then a short climb back up out of the dale and a walk back into Hartington along tracks which afford fantastic views across the western white peak.

We think it’s a brilliant walk, nothing too difficult, and it should be manageable in a few hours.

Walk Details

Distance – 9km or 5.5 miles

Ascent – 230 metres or 750 feet.

Terrain – Mainly a mixture of grassy or stony, uneven paths, some road walking

Getting There

Hartington is reached off the A515 by turning down the B5054. There is a pay and display car park in Hartington (on the road to Hulme End) but usually it is easy enough to park on street, in the centre of the village, without charge.

The walk is also accessible by bus from Buxton, and Ashbourne, with stops in the centre of the village. Click here for more information on bus routes and times.

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