Hartington Walk (5.3-Mile Walk in the Peak District Countryside)

Hartington Walk (5.3-Mile Walk in the Peak District Countryside)

In the south of the Peak District, lies a small village known for its cheese-making and mining past. These days, more people visit Hartington for its farm shop, tea rooms and countryside trails. And with good reason, Hartington is located on the River Dove which runs through the picturesque and charming Beresford Dale and Wolfscote Dale. Both of which sound perfect for visiting on this 5.3-mile Hartington walk.

This helpful guide has all the information you need for a fun day out – where to park, route directions and GPX downloads.

Distance: 5.3 miles/8.6 kilometres
Difficulty: Easy
Walking time: 2 to 3 hours
Start and endpoint: Path between Hartington Farm Shop & Cafe and Hartington Public Toilets


Where is Hartington?
Walk Route

Car Parking | Start Point | Directions

Where is Hartington?

Hartington is a small village located towards the southern tip of the Peak District National Park. It can be easily reached by car and is just a 20-minute drive from the towns of Buxton, Leek, Ashbourne and Bakewell. Hartington is situated on the outer limits of Derbyshire county, with neighbouring Staffordshire just a few hundred metres to its west across the River Dove.

Nearby natural landmarks include Pilsbury Castle, Lathkill Dale, Dovedale and Dovestones, and Thor’s Cave in the Manifold Valley. Days out to all of these attractions can be combined with a trip to Hartington to see and experience the best the Derbyshire Dales has to offer.

A panoramic shot of the start of Wolfscote Dale from inside a cave in the valley wall. The image shows the path and river at the bottom of the valley surrounded by lush green grass and lots of trees.

Hartington Walk Route

Where to Park in Hartington

There are a number of different car parking options in Hartington.

First of all, free on-street parking can be found throughout the village – just check the signs and don’t park like a dick non-responsible adult.

Secondly, there is a pay and display parking at Parson’s Field Car Park (SK17 0BE). Which, is just across the road from the start point of this Hartington walk. Payment is by coins only and charges range from £2.70 for up to 2 hours to £6.20 for all-day parking.

Finally, the parking closest to the start point of this walk is customer-only parking at Hartington Farm Shop & Cafe (SK17 0AN). I stopped here for lunch before the walk and it was delicious – highly recommend!

Hartington Walk Start Point

The walk begins by joining the path between Hartington Farm Shop & Cafe and the public toilets building. The path heads behind the buildings and slightly uphill.

The River Dove in the centre of the image running through Beresford Dale - an area of lush green trees and steep, rocky valley walls. In the distance a swimmer can be seen stood on the riverbanks.

Route Directions

This walk is very easy to follow, particularly once it is running parallel to the River Dove and through Wolfscote Dale. Nevertheless, to make sure you don’t get lost or off track, here are some helpful directions in addition to the Ordnance Survey map at the top of this page…

  • Firstly, follow the path as it heads behind the public toilets and several farm buildings on the right-hand side. When you get to the small country road, cross straight over and join the path directly opposite.
  • Next, the path crosses two fields with a stile in the middle. After this, the path enters a wooded area (after another stile crossing) and heads down to run next to the River Dove.
  • After a short while, the path crosses the river, so it is now on your left-hand side. Continue along the path through this area known as Pike Pool. And, when the path meets the road, you’ll cross back over the river via a narrow bridge. Continue walking parallel to the river through the next field.
  • Soon, the path continues beyond the wooden fence and large cliffs start to form a valley around you. In this area, you can explore lots of small caves and alcoves on the left side, just uphill from the path. Spend some time exploring these.
  • When you’re all caved-out, re-join the path and continue walking through Wolfscote Dale with its impressive surroundings. This walk continues all the way through the valley until the path splits in two (the left-hand path heads up towards Biggin Dale) just before the fence. At this point, turn around and retrace your steps back through Wolfscote Dale and Beresford Dale, along the River Dove and back to Hartington.
  • Et voila! You’re back in Hartington having spent a few hours enjoying the full variety of countryside that the Peak area has to offer – definitely time for a well-deserved post-walk pint in one of the many Peak District pubs nearby!

Click the link above to download the file for use in a GPS viewer. This way you’ll be able to track where you are on the route using your phone’s GPS – avoiding accidental detours and providing reassurance for less experienced countryside walkers! Once you’ve downloaded the GPX file above, install a GPX viewer app (Google PlayStore or iPhone App Store) and load the GPX file.

Nearby Peak District Pubs for a Post-Walk Pint

The Devonshire Arms and Charles Cotton Hotel are the only two pubs in Hartington, both within walking distance of the end of this walk. Slightly further afield, The Waterloo Inn in Biggin is a 5-minute, 2-mile drive from the end of the walk. While The Manifold Inn in Hulme End is a similar distance in the opposite direction.

This Hartington walk takes you all the way to Wolfscote Dale where large rocky cliffs with many coves and nooks and crannys make for a great place to explore

Do you have any questions or want any more information on this Hartington Dale walk? If so, drop a comment below and I’ll get back to you!

Information is correct as of August 2021 but is subject to change in future.


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