Hartington lies in the centre of the 'White Peak' - the limestone part of the Peak District - between the two chief rivers of the area - the Dove and the Manifold.
The River Dove is only a few hundred yards away and a very popular walk starts in the village, over some lovely meadows to the River, then along the stretch known as Beresford Dale (passing the fishing temple where The Compleat Angler was written by Isaac Walton and Charles Cotton) onto Wolfscote Dale.
The walk down this dale beside the River Dove leads you to the most famous dale of the Peak, Dovedale. The Dove and Dovedale are renowned for their beauty. These Dales offer interest and lovely scenery and are just as attractive on a crisp, snow-covered winter day as in summer sunshine.
Hartington is an extremely popular village during the day, but come the evening almost miraculously all goes quiet. Many people come for day visits only just to park up as it is the start of many excellent walks; the village has three teashops, two pubs, a couple of gift shops, an antique shop, two grocers and newsagents, one with cash and lottery machines and a post office. It also benefits from a petrol station/garage and a highly regarded doctors surgery.
The village is famous for its duck pond and well known cheese shop where genuine Stilton cheese and other local cheeses are produced and sold. There is also a fine Medieval church, and a magnificent Jacobean Hall.
The Bus Stop, also on the Market Square, serves Buxton and Ashbourne in different directions and surrounding villages. This route is regarded as one of the most beautiful bus routes in the whole country. Our guests have thoroughly enjoyed reverting to the use, sometimes for the first time for many years, of our wonderful bus service (with about 10 buses in each direction every day).
The service is particularly useful to walkers wanting to bus out (perhaps to the far end of Dovedale) and walk back to the cottages. There are other bus services passing through the village in an east-west direction.
For us, however, our favourite feature is the main approach to the village, down a three mile long dale, with limestone cliffs towering above on either side. A really impressive entrance! (On a bicycle it is just the sort of 'swoop' that cyclists are so fond of).