National Nature Reserve, Peak District
Limestone Dale running from just outside the village of Biggin down to the river Dove
Biggin Dale forms the majority of a delightful 3.5 mile (in total) walk from the linear village of Biggin to the river Dove (and back) between Hartington and Dovedale. Walking instructions could not be simpler:
From the Waterloo pub in Biggin itself turn downhill, passing a few houses (and Biggin Hall Hotel) on your right to soon arrive at a stile by a 6-bar metal gate on the left. Pass over 2 fields to join a quiet back road. Turn right, passing Cotterill Cottages to join the road to/from Biggin. Turn left along Hardings Lane briefly before joining the dale almost immediately on your left. Continue down the dale to the river (Wolfscote Dale) and return by the same route. Altogther, this is an easy 2 hour stroll there and back.
This limestone dale is a designated National Nature Reserve and boasts early-purple orchids and cowslips in late April, early May. It's a wonderful walk for all the family to enjoy with the bonus of refreshments at The Waterloo or Biggin Hall hotel afterwards. There is also a campsite behind and belonging to the pub.
Last Updated: 1 Jun 2017