Hartington and Beresford Dale (Route B)

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Tea Shops
Last Walked
3.50 Miles (5.60 Km)
Explorer OL24  1:25000
White Peak Area
Hartington Post Office
SK17 0AL  (SK 1284 6040)
751 feet   (229 meters)
675 feet   (206 meters)
797 feet   (243 meters)
Pay and Display plus Road Side
Mar 28th 2012  Duration 1h 50m
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(Hartington 'Mill Ln')
These prices were correct at the time of last visit.
(February 24th 2017)

    One Hour       1.30
    Two Hours     2.20
    Three Hours   3.30
    Four Hours    4.40
    All Day          5.50
    Over Night    1.00

A fairly easy 50:50 walk (half in Derbyshire and half in Staffordshire) returning through Beresford Dale the home home of Charles Cotton's famous fishing temple. Although this walk passes quite near to the fishing temple it may well not be visible from the path due to vegetation or mist, as the fishing temple lies on private land it is not directly accessible to the public. The one thing I do like about this walk is that the first section is not one of the more popular routes, so at peak walking times it is still relatively tranquil.

Getting There:

Hartington can be reached by taking the A515 north from Ashbourne for around twelve miles, turning left onto the B5054 shortly after passing through Newhaven, this leads directly to the village of Hartington in a distance of just over two miles. There are several parking options in Hartington, a few roadside parking spaces are to be found on entering the village near to the school, there ate also a few in the centre of the villiage but these fill quite quickly.
A small pay and display car park (50 or so spaces) can be found off Mill Lane a hundred or so meters from the village centre. Refreshments and food can be found at either the Devonshire Arms or the Beresford Tea Rooms. The Beresford Tea Room (also the Post Office) is a popular tea room, well decorated and very friendly. The Tea Room is open daily from March to November between 10.00am and 4.30pm and in winter from 10.30am to 3.30pm (Closed on Wednesdays during the winter months).

The Walk:

The walk starts from the centre of the Village of Hartington near to the Beresford Tea Rooms and Post Office. From the Post Office walk towards the Charles Cotton Hotel and follow the pavement as it bends to the left and walk down Warslow Road (B5054) for a few yards. Opposite the pottery workshop look for a low public footpath marker and a ornate stone squeeze stile between two buildings. Go through this stile then follow the narrow path between the walls of the buildings, when the path opens out into a farm yard keep close to the wall on the left and exit through another squeeze stile into a field.

This is the first of five fields that are crossed in almost a straight line, look across the field and walk towards the poles carrying power cables, the squeeze stile into the next field should soon become visible. Continue across the next field in the same direction to a three step stone stile with a wooden handrail. The next stile is another squeeze stile this time just to the left of the farm track gate. On entering the fourth field note the obvious remains of ancient "ridge and furrow" field system, the route this across this field is on a line towards the cottage in the distance. The exit from the fourth field is a two step stone stile not immediately obvious but a few yards to the right of the dew pond near the wall. The exit from the fifth and final field is in the far left corner under some trees. Pass through this final squeeze stile and exit back onto the B5054.

Footpath between two houses, Hartington 
The First Stile Of The Walk

Panoramic View Near Hartington 
View From Raikes Farm

Stone Bull Near Hartington 
Stone Bull

Turn right and walk down the road over the river bridge into Staffordshire. Continue down the lane for around five hundred yards, take care as you go as there is no footpath but for most of this section one verge or the other is wide enough to walk along. Once past the large gate pillars of Lower Hurst Farm look for a cottage on the left, then take the footpath to the left just beyond the cottage. Cross the stile and descend the field keeping the wall and fence to your left, at the bottom of the field exit through a stock gate then cross the stream via a stone bridge. Walk up the hill and between the two trees visible ahead. from the top of the hill Lower Hurst Farm becomes visible ahead, continue to the farm passing through another stock gate along the way. The next stile is to the left of the farm yard next to the boundary fence, cross the stile then follow the path keeping the fence and wall tight to your right. At the end of the wall walk down the slope to a squeeze in the corner of
the field and exit out onto a farm track. Turn left cross a cattle grid to the life size stone bull beside the track.

At the stone bull turn right and and go through the stock gate, keeping the fence to your right continue in the same general direction as before. Pass through more stock gates until you reach a stile with a stock gate immediately ahead, go through the gate and continue in the same direction as before. Walk across the field passing along the way a wooden stile that is now standing alone in the open, staying on the same line keep going to the corner of the filed, here the ground is boggy but there is a stone path set along the boundary to give access to the exit stile. Now with a fence and woodland to the left carry on to the final stock gate and out onto Beresford Lane. Turn left and walk for half a mile down the lane to the River Dove, be careful along this stretch as there is some traffic on this lane.

At the river do not cross the footbridge, rather take the broad path to the left along bank the River Dove to Pike Pool. Watch out for Dippers along this stretch of the river as there appears to be a pair nesting in the area and claiming this piece of water as their territory. At Pike Pool cross the river via the footbridge and return to Derbyshire in the process, from here the path continues along the course of the river rising gently before leaving the river and entering Morson Wood. Walk through the woodland and exit through a stock gate with the base of Pennilow visible ahead.
Path beside the River Dove 
Path Beside the River Dove

As you walk away from the woodland look to the right and it may be possible to see Charles Cotton's Fishing Temple on the far side of the river (if not obscured by vegetation). The path across the the fields here and around Pennilow is well trodden and easy to follow, continue along the path to a sunken lane (Crossland Slides). Cross the lane and continue to follow the path, now with a wall on the left follow the path back towards Hartington. Eventually the path dips to the left to a metal gate, then out between the public toilets and the Pottery workshop. Here turn right and walk the short distance back to the centre of Hartington.
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