Hartington Dales


Route: Hartington Dales

Area: Peak District

Date of walk: 9th June 2021

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 6.1 miles

Ascent: 400 feet

Weather: Sunshine and blue skies

Hartington is an attractive village at the northern end of Dovedale, set in the heart of some superb walking country. Public footpaths radiate from it in all directions. We parked in the village square and, after walking by the war memorial, followed a quiet road uphill as far as the youth hostel

We turned right opposite the hostel and joined a waymarked track between dry stone walls. There were good views over the limestone plateau as we went along. We joined a lane known as Reynards Lane, which soon deteriorated into a track and descended into the first of today’s dales, Biggin Dale. We had the place to ourselves as we followed the delightful path along the valley floor. As on our previous walks this week, hawthorn blossom enhanced the scenery. The valley narrowed further along and the path became rougher, though it was still easy going

Eventually we arrived at the imposing face of Peaseland Rocks, with the River Dove flowing past its foot. We turned right here and entered into Wolfscote Dale. This was a beautiful section of the walk, with the walls of the valley towering above us and the River Dove on our left as we followed its winding course upstream

At the end of Wolfscote Dale we emerged into a buttercup meadow in Beresford Dale and parted company with the River Dove at a weir. Beyond the weir we strolled through the fields back into Hartington to end a lovely walk, perhaps the best of the three we’ve followed this week in the White Peak area of the Peak District

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