This 7 ½ mile walking route takes you through the quaint and picturesque village Hartington and through the wonderful Derbyshire countryside to the archaeological site of Pilsbury castle.
The Derbyshire village of Hartington is full of charming 18th century houses, an idyllic pond but most importantly, it is home to one of the best local cheese shops in the county (if not the world). Here you can buy delicious locally made cheese such as the Hartington Stilton, Peakland Cranberry and Orange and our personal favourite, Peakland Blue. Click here for a blog all about the Hartington Cheese shop and it’s wonderful produce.
After you’ve stocked up on cheese and enjoyed the beautiful architecture of Hartington, you can begin your walk. Follow the directions detailed in the attached PDF below and you’ll arrive at Pilsbury Castle.
This is one of the best examples of a motte and bailey castle in the whole of Derbyshire, and is thought to have been built in 110 by the Normans. Looking over the River Dove, the earthworks that remain of this castle make for a lovely setting for a (cheesy) picnic!
The walk continues to cross the River Dove at a footbridge and returns to Hartington. As previously mentioned, please refer to the PDF attached and always bring your own map and compass with you on any walk in the Peak District. A good pair of walking boots are also advisable.
Map & Directions
Situated midway between Buxton and Ashbourne turning off the A515 taking the B5054