This is an extremely popular village during the day, but reverts to a
quiet village in the evening. Many people come just to park up as it
is the start of many excellent walks, has three teashops, two pubs, a
couple of gift shops, two grocers and newsagents, one with cash and
The village is famous for its duck pond and Cheese factory (and well
known cheese shop) where genuine Stilton cheese (it can only be made
in certain restricted areas) and other local cheeses are produced and
sold. There is also a fine Norman church, and a magnificent Jacobean
The River Dove is only a few hundred yards away from the cottage.
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
There are numerous footpaths and bridleways in the immediate
vicinity, offering unrivalled walking in the best part of the White
Peak. The highly popular Tissington Trail, which runs for 17 miles ,
is used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders, and is just 1 mile
from Hartington. Two further trails, the High Peak Trail and the
Manifold Valley Trail (both of similar distance), are within 3 miles.
These three tracks are ideal for family cycling as is the network of
quiet minor roads which can be accessed at numerous points along the
trails. These former railway lines have much else to offer, not least
quality views, but also interesting viaducts, steam beam engines and
a small old railway workshop is worth a visit. There are plenty of
places to hire cycles, one just 3 miles away is on the Tissington
The cottages are situated in a wonderfully central area in the Peak
District, are are in fact situated roughly in the middle of that part
of the Peak District known as the White Peak. This is the area of
rolling countryside, dales, streams and rivers limestone villages and
dry-stone walls, which give the area so much character. (The Dark
Peak is mainly moorland). Hartington's central position within the
White Peak is confirmed by its equal distance, namely 11 miles, from
Buxton, Matlock, Bakewell, Ashbourne and Leek, all towns on the
perimeter of the White Peak at different points on the compass.
Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall are also similar distances from the
cottages. Alton Towers is under 30 minutes drive away. The Potteries
is within easy reach.
There are also many stately homes and houses to visit in the area
including the famous Chatsworth House.