|Biggin is a farming community located in the highest parts of the limestone plateau of the white peak close to the A515; the old Roman road from Derventio (Derby) to Aqua Arnemetiae (Buxton), near Newhaven. It sprawls gently along a straight minor road that links the A515 to Hartington and is well situated for walks around Wolfscote Dale, Beresford Dale as well as the excellent cycling available on the Tissington Trail so becomes surprisingly busy at summer weekends. Biggin Dale, which leads down to Wolfscote Dale and the River Dove, is a National Nature Reserve and contains a fine range of flowers in spring. Biggin's remote nature means that in times past it has been cut off for long periods during harsh winters and sustained only by the now redundant railway line, which passes close by.|
The village was founded in the 13th century and was centred around a Grange attached to Garendon Abbey, near Loughborough but there is nothing now visible from this period. Even the church dates from the reign of Queen Victoria and there is little older than this with the exception of the Grade II* listed Biggin Hall, which is a lovely 16th century building. Biggin's only visible ancient link is at nearby Liffs Low where there is a Stone Age barrow just off the side of the road. On excavation a burial cist was found with a range of flint implements, which are now in Buxton Museum. Even up until recent times Biggin was an important farming centre for local sheep sales. Following the consolidation of all animal sales to centres such as Bakewell and Derby its role has significantly diminished and it now has a much heavier reliance on the tourist trade.
The village has a pub, The Waterloo, with its own caravan park behind. Next door lies Biggin Hall, which is now Biggin Hall Country House Hotel.
Two other farming hamlets lie nearby - Heathcote, just north of Biggin, and Newhaven a couple of kilometres to the east, around the junction of the A515 and A5012 roads.
Biggin Photo Gallery - click on the images to enlarge- Click Here for a slide show
0 - Biggin Dale - Entrance to Nature Reserve
1 - Biggin Dale view
2 - Hartington signal box on the Tissington Trail
3 - Biggin View
4 - Wolfscote Hill view of Hartinton and the Upper Dove
5 - Biggin Dale - Lower part of the dale
Local places of interest
Arbor Low is a Stone Age Henge (stone circle) monument in Derbyshire, situated close to Hartington and Youlgrave. It is the finest Stone Age henge monument in Northern England.
St Oswald's Church, Ashbourne, is one of the grandest churches in Derbyshire with a fine array of alabaster tombs.
Manifold and Hamps Trail
The Manifold and Hamps Trail is a Staffordshire Peak District cycle track which follows the old light railway which once ran along the valley.
The Tissington Trail, a Derbyshire Peak District cycling trail follows the former railway line between Buxton and Ashbourne.