Cycle Route 1 from Hartington

This route goes from Hartington to join the Tissington Trail at Heathcote, up the Trail to Hurdlow, then returning via minor roads.

This is relatively short and not too energetic. It could be suitable for families with children aged 10 or over.
The route could be done from Hartington Station, Parsley Hay or Hurdlow Station was well as from Hartington itself.
From Hartington Market Place take the small road signposted to Heathcote, which leads past the Youth Hostel. Cycle past the Youth Hostel and keep on going, straight across a small cross roads and through the small hamlet of Heathcote until you reach the bridge over the Tissington Trail.

Take the path down onto the trail and turn left to head North up the trail. This soon takes you through the old Hartington Station and then continues to reach the junction with the High Peak Trail. Carry straight on to reach Parsley Hay and the Peak Park's cycle hire centre.

Continue on up the Trail another 3 kilometres to the next road, where you leave the trail, turning left onto the minor road. (If you get to Hurdlow Station/Sparklow then you have gone too far).
hartington signal box

Cyclists at Hartington Signal Box, Hartington Station


Pilsbury Castle

Take the path off the trail and descend to the minor road, turning left. After about 1km you reach a cross-roads - carry straight on along the the single-track road, which climbs a small rise before descending sharply to Pilsbury, a small hamlet above the River Dove.

At the elbow bend just before you reach the houses a track goes off to the right. This leads to Pilsbury Castle, a Norman castle which is now just a set of earthen mounds. It's in a lovely spot and is well worth the short diversion.

Pilsbury is also a good spot for a picnic or a paddle in the river below. From here continue along the single track road, which winds its way gently back to Hartington.

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