|Hartington is the major village on the central section of the valley of the Dove and is therefore an important tourist centre, which means it can get busy at summer weekends. An old village which was granted a market charter in 1203, it has a long history and and some very nice buildings arranged around a large marketplace/common/green at its centre.|
The entrance to Nuttall's creamery, once a source of Stilton and Buxton Blue cheese, lies just off the green and cheese was produced here from 1900 to 2009. Sadly, in 2008 the creamery was sold by Dairy Crest to Long Cleaton Dairy, a rival Stilton maker (Leicestershire is one of the two other areas permitted to make Stilton cheese) and within a month they took steps to close the creamery down - with the loss of 190 jobs. Until then Hartington was the supplier of 25% of the world output of Stilton cheese.
There is still a cheese shop outside selling a range of local cheeses but of course none now from Hartington.
The church lies on a rise to the east of the green and is built of a attractively coloured local sandstone. It was mostly constructed in the 14th and 15th centuries and has a fine tower in Perpendicular style. In the street below the church is the Old School House, dated 1758. The 17th century Hartington Hall is a fine building which stands on the hill opposite the church, on the road to Biggin and is now a Youth Hostel. The hostel restaurant has a licensed bar and offers competitively evening meals.
Hartington has several pubs and shops and there is a public car park along the Warslow Road with public toilets opposite, next to Rooke's Pottery.
Hartington Photo Gallery - click on the images to enlarge- Click Here for a slide show
0 - Hartington - the old Town Hall
1 - Hartington - the cheese shop
2 - Hartington Market Place and village pump
3 - Hartington Youth Hostel
4 - Hartington village pond
5 - Hartington church
6 - Hartington pub
7 - Beresford Dale view
8 - Beresford Dale - the Ceslestial Twins
9 - Beresford Dale - Left Celestial Twin
10 - Wolfscote Hill view of Hartinton and the Upper Dove
11 - Hulme End
12 - Biggin Dale view
13 - Wolfscote Dale
14 - Wolfscote Dale
15 - Heron in Wolfscote Dale
16 - Hulme End railway station on Manifold light railway
Useful local links:Fish on the Dove in Beresford Fishery Beresford Fishery manage the fishing rights on the River Dove on Beresford Dale. Day fishing licences are available.
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.
Thor's Cave is the most spectacular sight of the Manifold valley, Staffordshire, a large cave with a fine view, which was inhabited in the Stone Age.
The Tissington Trail, a Derbyshire Peak District cycling trail follows the former railway line between Buxton and Ashbourne.