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Hartington, Pilsbury and Banktop Farm

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Hartington, Pilsbury and Banktop Farm
Author: Marie Prime, Published: 26 Sep 2014 Walk Rating:star1 Hartington, Pilsbury and Banktop Farm Walking Guide star1 Hartington, Pilsbury and Banktop Farm Walking Guide star1 Hartington, Pilsbury and Banktop Farm Walking Guide star1 Hartington, Pilsbury and Banktop Farm Walking Guide star0 Hartington, Pilsbury and Banktop Farm Walking Guide
Derbyshire, Hartington
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Hartington, Pilsbury and Banktop Farm
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Hartington, Pilsbury and Banktop Farm Walking Guide boot Hartington, Pilsbury and Banktop Farm Walking Guide boot Hartington, Pilsbury and Banktop Farm Walking Guide
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A varied walk starting at the pretty village of Hartington. The walk takes approximately 3 hours to complete and the appropriate Ordnance Survey map is OS 24 White Peak. Hartington is set in magnificent White Peak limestone scenery, close to the River Dove, which marks the county boundary of Derbyshire with Staffordshire and is an important tourist centre. It is an old village which has some very nice buildings arranged around a large marketplace with its own pond. The village has a cheese shop, and a variety of refreshment stops.

Well Dressings are displayed in Hartington each September, this is an ancient tradition in Derbyshire where pictures are created in beds of clay using flower petals and natural materials and displayed near wells or springs to give thanks for a fresh water supply.

On this walk you will encounter many stiles including squeeze stiles (some of which are very narrow so be prepared to breathe in!) and wall stiles, a steep ascent and descent and there may be livestock in some of the fields. Some sections are rocky underfoot and can be muddy at times.

Hartington is nine miles south east of Buxton and 12 miles north of Ashbourne, just off the A515 Buxton-Ashbourne road.
There are several parking options in Hartington, a few roadside parking spaces are available and a small pay and display car park can be found off Mill Lane a hundred or so metres from the village centre. Public toilets are located across from the car park on Mill Lane. The postcode for the Market Place, Hartington, Derbyshire is SK17 0AL.

Walk Sections

Start to River Footbridge
Start to River Footbridge

Start point: 53.1412 lat, -1.8103 long
End point: 53.1452 lat, -1.8181 long

The walk starts from the village pond. With the pond behind you and the cheese shop on your right, turn right down Stonewell Lane. After a short distance, just before the industrial building, turn right through a gate at a sign for Sheen. Keep straight on to go through a gate and follow the path through the trees to another gate. Go through this and cross the middle of the field to go over a stile at the end of a line of trees. Cross the corner of the small field to pass through a gate and continue down the next field to go through a squeeze stile.

Bearing left, walk downhill towards a gate. Go through and follow the hedge on the right for a short distance to reach a footbridge over the river on the left.

River Footbridge to Gated Stile into Woods
River Footbridge to Gated Stile into Woods

Start point: 53.1452 lat, -1.8181 long
End point: 53.1478 lat, -1.8209 long

Go through the gate at the end of the footbridge and continue straight up the field to go through a gate. Turn right along the track for a few metres before crossing a stile on the left (signed Harris Close). Follow the steep path uphill, bearing right at the marker post at the top to go through a stile into the pine wood. Follow the path through the trees.

Gated Stile into Woods to Harris Close Farm
Gated Stile into Woods to Harris Close Farm

Start point: 53.1478 lat, -1.8209 long
End point: 53.1572 lat, -1.8264 long

On leaving the woods, follow the path with a wall on your left which leads you high above the valley to cross a wall stile.(Take time to take in the wonderful views). Bear right up the middle of the next field, heading past a lone tree on your right to cross a stile at a wall corner. Keep straight on crossing three fields, and in the next field follow the track heading for Harris Close Farm. Go past the farm buildings on your right and pass through a gate and the front of the farmhouse to reach the quiet road.

Harris Close Farm to Wooden Footbridge
Harris Close Farm to Wooden Footbridge

Start point: 53.1572 lat, -1.8264 long
End point: 53.1664 lat, -1.8277 long

Turn right along the road for approximately 350 metres before turning right over a stile at a waymarker post. Almost immediately cross a fence stile on the left. Follow the way markers through gates to reach a wall squeezer stile and waymarker post. Turn left along a short fenced and walled track then cross the stile ahead. Continue, bearing right down the field to go through a wall gap then a stile, following the wall on your left and around a field corner to cross a stile.

Bear right downhill passing a waymarker post on your right and on reaching the bottom go through a gate onto a track. Turn right down the track (which is signed to Pilsbury) until you reach and cross a wooden footbridge over the River Dove on your left.

Wooden Footbridge to Minor Road
Wooden Footbridge to Minor Road

Start point: 53.1664 lat, -1.8277 long
End point: 53.1676 lat, -1.8259 long

Turn right heading for the small hamlet of Pilsbury. On reaching the minor road you have two options: For the full, walk turn left. For a short cut back to the start, turn right to follow the gated road back to Hartington (this would make the walk four and a half miles).

Minor Road to Barn
Minor Road to Barn

Start point: 53.1676 lat, -1.8259 long
End point: 53.1679 lat, -1.8205 long

Having turned left at the minor road, go through a metal gate to follow the road around the hamlet of Pilsbury and on up the hill for around half a mile. Just before reaching a barn on the left, turn right over a fence stile signed to Hartington and Parsley Hay.

Barn to Waymarker Post
Barn to Waymarker Post

Start point: 53.1679 lat, -1.8205 long
End point: 53.1645 lat, -1.8146 long

Keep straight on, crossing a broken wall to follow the path across the grassland. Pass an upright stone and continue until you reach the marker post and wall ahead. At this point do NOT cross the stile but turn right and follow the wall on your left up the steep hill and go through a gated wall stile (signed Hartington). Continue ahead crossing the hillside until you reach the third waymarker post.

Waymarker Post to Bank Top Farm
Waymarker Post to Bank Top Farm

Start point: 53.1645 lat, -1.8146 long
End point: 53.1506 lat, -1.8079 long

At the third waymarker post, head downhill towards a metal gate, go through the gated stile signed Hartington. Keep straight on passing through a stile to bear right down the field to go through a gate. Go forward up a rocky area before continuing over the field. Continue following the marker posts crossing two stiles, a wall gap and on over a rocky area to reach a wall on your left. Follow this to reach a farm gate with Bank Top Farm down to the right.

Bank Top Farm to Cattle Grid
Bank Top Farm to Cattle Grid

Start point: 53.1506 lat, -1.8079 long
End point: 53.1449 lat, -1.8106 long

Go through the gate and turn right to follow the concrete track. On reaching the minor road junction turn left through a metal gate. Follow the minor road for approximately three quarters of a mile to cross a cattle grid via a squeezer stile.

Cattle Grid to End
Cattle Grid to End

Start point: 53.1449 lat, -1.8106 long
End point: 53.1414 lat, -1.8104 long

After crossing the cattle grid continue on the road, bearing left to pass between houses on both sides, to reach the village of Hartington and the end of your walk.

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2 comments for "Hartington, Pilsbury and Banktop Farm"

Instructions were great (as usual). My only 2 comments were that it was extremely muddy, (1st April 2018) especially around the footpath gates etc but there had been an awful lot of snow recently and that had probably contributed to the very boggy fields. Some of the squeeze stiles were incredibly narrow and tight. I’m a ladies size 12 and I struggled to get through some of them! Other than that it was a perfect walk.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Glad you enjoyed the walk and yes, the rain and snow has left lots of mud this spring hasn't it? Thanks for the info about the squeeze stiles - we've added a note to the introduction to warn others.

By Veejaybee on 01 Apr 2018

Only took us 2 hours - a really enjoyable walk with spectacular views, even on a drizzly day. Instructions were 100% spot on.

By walkerbyname on 03 Sep 2017

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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