Hartington and the Peak District

Beautiful walks, scenic cycle trails, pretty villages and cosy pubs

Hartington and the Peak District

Hartington has one of the finest locations in the Peak District. With many popular walks starting from the village you can enjoy such gems as the River Dove, which passes literally within yards of the edge of the village, Beresford Dale (passing the fishing temple where The Compleat Angler was written by Isaac Walton and Charles Cotton), Wolfscote Dale, Biggin Dale and Dovedale.

Hartington is also just over a mile away from the famous Tissington Trail and within a few miles of two further popular cycle trails, the Manifold ValleyTrail and the High Peak Trail. The National Cycle Network route 54, using a combination of bridleways, part of the trails and extremely quiet lanes, comes through Hartington.

The village’s popularity means that despite there being only 130 houses, it is able to support three teashops, two coaching inns, a couple of gift shops, an antique shop, two grocers and newsagents, and a post office. It also benefits from a petrol station/garage and a highly regarded doctors surgery.

There are stately homes to visit (not least the most famous probably n the UK – Chatsworth), English Heritage properties, heritage steam railways, and so much more, indeed there is probably more to do within 30 minutes drive of our cottage than anywhere else in the UK, hence being able to fill in an organised way 11 information folders!

Due to the varied landscape of the Peak District, the local area has a diverse range of activities including walking, cycling on or off road, climbing, caving, watersports, hangliding, mountain biking etc. Walkers have been coming to the Peak District since early Victorian times, but cycling has grown significantly in popularity in the last two decades. The area has so much to offer all types of cyclists – from pro-s like the many stars of the Olympics and Team Sky days who used to live on the edge of the Peak District, (and Teo Geogehan Hart, winner this year of the worlds second most prestigous cycle race, the Giro d’Italia, who came to stay in one of our cottages whilst training in the area for the Junior World Championships in Florence) – to casual cyclists for whom  the various former railway line trails (three within 3 miles) are perfect.

Our Bus Service 

There is a bus service about eight times a day six days a week between Buxton and Ashbourne and passing through Hartington and numerous other local villages and this is often used by our guests to enable them to do one way walking, so getting on the bus and after alighting, walking back to the cottage, using the extremely extensive local footpath network (which means almost very other field in the area has a footpath running through it). The local council also offers an amazing service whereby buses can be used like taxis, namely ordered for personal use and pay only the price of a bus ticket (and if you have a bus pass pay nothing at all!). Details in the cottage and on request prior to guests’ stay.

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