HARTINGTON ARTS AND CRAFT FAYRES
The picturesque village of Hartington with its spacious market place, village green, its delightful duck pond and limestone houses, which sparkle in the bright sunlight, make it one of the major tourist centres in the Peak District. It has more the air of a prosperous market town than a village.
Hartington was the first to be granted a charter to hold weekly markets and an annual fair in the Peak District, but these have long since ceased with the moving away of commercial activity. Even today the village has a range of services equivalent to those of a small town, but the population is only about 400 - apart from the tourists of course! Many of these are attracted by the excellent walking facilities available.
Regular craft fairs are held in the Village Hall, which started life in 1926 as a silent picture house. Hartington Well Dressings are held during September. The details for 2007 are as follows.
BIDDULPH CRAFT FAYRES - QUALITY CRAFTS & GIFTS
HARTINGTON VILLAGE HALL
10.00am ~ 5.00pm ~ admission 50p including FREE tea/coffee.
Stall Enquiries please call Jim or Jackie Biddulph
Home: 01782 822713 Mob: 07890 711169
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The picturesque village of Hartington with its spacious market place, village green, its delightful duck pond and limestone houses, which sparkle in the bright sunlight, make it one of the major tourist centres in the Peak.
Hartington’s main industry apart from tourism is cheese making .The cheese factory, opened in the 1870s, is the only survivor of seven that at one time operated in the area.
After leaving the village the walk descends gently to Beresford Dale. The River Dove meanders slowly through a beautiful wooded dale, over a succession of tiny weirs.
Once across the water meadow, Wolfscote Dale is entered, which becomes progressively more spectacular, as you walk, with the sides of the dale rising almost vertically. Biggin Dale, in stark contrast, is dry except in wet weather.
Wild flowers grow in profusion during the summer in the dale, attracting large numbers of butterflies and other insects.
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