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Wolfscote Dale

OS grid reference :- SK1317 5843

Wolfscote Dale is a spectacular ravine, lying between Beresford Dale and the popular Peak District beauty spot of Dovedale on the border between Staffordshire and Derbyshire.

Legend relates that the last wolf to roam this area of the Peak District was slain by a ford at Wolfscote Dale.

The stunning valley, now in the care of the National Trust, runs northwest to southeast and is deep and steep-sided with a series of weirs along the crystal clear waters of the River Dove. A riverside path runs along the Derbyshire bank of the Dove.

The dramatic scenery is similar to neighbouring Dovedale with a profusion of lofty pinnacles and massive limestone outcrops. The craggy, surrounding rocks offer ideal roosting places for Daubenton’s bats, which are sometimes seen close to water. Small semi alpine wildflowers cling to the crevices in the limestone crags, while herons and dippers are frequently seen flying along the river.

A Neolithic burial cave is located in the outcrop known as Frank 'Ith Rocks, which stands on the eastern side of the River Dove.

The dale passes between between Gratton Hill and Wolfscote Hill. Gratton Hill rises to 1194 feet, Wolfscote is slightly higher, rising to 1272 feet and provides superb views from its boulder strewn summit of the upper and lower Dovedale Valley.

A walk to Wolscote Dale from Hartington

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