The Devonshire Arms is a 18th century coaching Inn & Restaurant nestled in the beautiful village of Hartington in the Peak District. An important village since the Middle Ages, Hartington was granted a market charter in 1203 by William De Ferres and became a major centre for a large rural population from the many isolated farms in the surrounding area.
Hartington’s past wealth and importance can be seen in the impressive stone cottages and houses around the village square and many ancient routes and trackways.
The former creamery in the village, often called the cheese factory, was founded by the Duke of Devonshire in the 1870s, it was one of the three sources of Stilton, and also produced its own unique Dovedale cheese and others such as Buxton Blue cheese.
The Devonshire Arms is an eclectic mix of old and new, with old oak and stone floors and roaring log fires creating a relaxed and informal atmosphere. In summer months enjoy a beer or glass of wine on the terrace or in the beer garden which basks in the evening .
Our double and king size en-suite rooms have been lovingly decorated and furnished and are complimented by crisp white bed linen, the fluffiest quilts and pillows, flat screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities, soft towels and the finest toiletries.
Time hasn’t really touched the village with its pristine white stone houses and arched bridge spanning the crystal-clear waters of the river Winster which is the border between Westmorland and Lancashire.
This pretty village is a great base for exploring some of the highlights of the popular Dove Dale area of the Peak District. The village includes attractive houses and a pretty green and duck pond. There’s also an interesting history with the 13th century parish church of Saint Giles and the 17th century Hartington Hall.
From the village you can directly explore the lovely Beresford Dale and Wolfscote Dale Nature Reserves, just to the south of the centre. This then leads you into Dovedale which is one of the highlights of the Peak District.
Just to the east of the village you can pick up the Tissington Trail. This cycling and walking trail follows a disused railway line through some stunning scenery. Right next to that is the High Peak Trail which also follows an old railway line from Cromford to Dowlow. These two rail trails are a great way to explore the Peak District on foot or by bike.
The fascinating Neolithic henge monument of Arbor Low is also within easy reach of the village. The limestone circle sits in an elevated position with super views over the White Peak area of the Peak District.
The Midshires Way and Pennine Bridleway long distance trails can also be picked up just to the east of the village.
The circular walk below takes you from the village through Wolfscore Dale before returning through the adjacent Biggin Dale. The walk gives great views of the River Dove and includes some nice woodland sections and lots of interesting flora and fauna. The walk is reasonably flat with some more challenging climbs towards the end of the route in Biggin Dale.