Field paths, quiet lanes, walled tracks and a former railway are used for this walk that explores the area to the north of the busy village of Hartington. The route lies wholly within Derbyshire although in the latter part of the walk good views into neighbouring Staffordshire are also enjoyed. The route includes much that is typical of this part of the peak district including the village of Biggin and the upper reaches of the Dove Valley.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A)Hartington can be very busy even in the winter. Parking on the street is usually possible and after finding a space locate the pond in the centre of the village (Grid ref. SK128605). With your back to the pond and facing the main road through the village, walk to the left along the main road (B5054) towards Newhaven. After a short distance, take the lane on the right (Hall Bank) and walk uphill past the very grand Youth Hostel on your left.
(1)Just past the Hostel take the footpath signed on the right (Grid ref. SK132603). This takes a diagonal line across two fields into a walled lane (Highfield Lane). Walk southeast along this lane through scenery typical of this area to reach a tarmac road at Dale End (grid ref. SK147595). Turn right along the road and at the junction take the left fork into Biggin.
(2)Pass the church on your right, and a few metres past the road junction take the signed footpath on your left (Grid ref. SK155593). This leads across fields to the Tissington Trail. Turn left onto this former railway. The going is fast and you soon arrive at the former Hartington Station with its preserved signal box. There are picnic benches and toilets here.
(3)Continue along the Tissington Trail as it meanders across the countryside to reach a junction with the High Peak Trail. The Tissington Trail ends here and you continue ahead following the High Peak Trail through Parsley Hay Station (refreshments in season, toilets etc.). After 400 metres turn left down a signed footpath (Grid ref. SK142639). This leads you down to Darley Farm and a road. Cross the road and continue on the footpath opposite, which climbs across open pastures before descending to Vincent House.
(4)Do follow the clearly signed route through the latter property to reach a lane. Cross the lane and take the poorly marked footpath opposite. This climbs steeply at first before turning northwest to follow a shallow valley past a dew pond to reach a junction of paths (grid ref. SK124633).
(5)Turn left here and climb out of the valley. On your right lies the Upper Dove Valley with the far bank in Staffordshire. The way ahead is clear as this path is well walked. Reaching sight of the large farm at grid ref SK129615, do not be tempted to descend to the road that leads to and from the farm. Instead stay at high level and continue on the footpath to reach a lane (grid ref. SK130612). Turn right along the lane and return to the centre of Hartington.
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0 - Start: Hartington village pond
1 : mi 0.28 - alt. mi 0.28 - Turn right along footpath
2 : mi 1.8 - alt. mi 1.8 - Turn left along footpath
3 : mi 4.88 - alt. mi 4.88 - Continue straight on at trail junction
4 : mi 6.17 - alt. mi 6.17 - Continue on footpath opposite Vincent House
5 : mi 6.96 - alt. mi 6.96 - Turn left at path junction
D/A : mi 8.88 - alt. mi 8.88 - Finish: Hartington village pond
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Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 4.00/4
Routemap quality : 4.00/4
Walk interest : 4.00/4
Global average : 4.00/4
Date of walk : 14/10/16
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good
A varied walk with some level sections following the disused railway - now a section of the Tissington Trail (See http://www.derbyshire-peakdistrict.co.uk...) and some across limestone countryside, through a small number of farms (with barking farm dogs) and finally a delightful section following the contour high on the valley side with fine views across the Upper Dove Valley and finally back into Hartington. It really is a super walk!
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