Outdoor Activities around Hartington

Hartington is an ideal centre for outdoor activities. The walking from the village down the valley of the River Dove is superb, with numerous options ranging from short easy walks to some lengthy circuits.

Locally, there are several former railway tracks which have been converted into tourist trails. These are excellent for either walking or cycling, and are justifiably popular, especially at weekends.

National Cycle Network cycle route 54, which circles Central Derbyshire, goes through both Hartington and Biggin, and can be followed either in its entirety or as part of a shorter local circuit.

walkers in Beresford dale

Walkers in Beresford Dale

mountain bikers

Cyclists at Hartington Signal Box on the Tissington Trail

There is some rock climbing in nearby Dovedale and the Manifold Valley. The rock here is limestone so it is relatively steep and the climbing is mostly in the upper grades.

There are also some locations where paragliding and hang-gliding can be practised, though these locations are not as popular as those in the North of the county, around Castleton and Mam Tor.

There is also the opportunity to fish in a truly historic location on the banks of the River Dove with full access to the most famous fishing hut, used 350 years ago by Charles Cotton and Izaak Walton, authors of the 'Compleat Angler'.

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