New village trail launched

Pupils from Hartington Primary School show some of the artwork they produced for the new Village Trail leaflet and information panels. Photo contributed.

Pupils from Hartington Primary School show some of the artwork they produced for the new Village Trail leaflet and information panels. Photo contributed.

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Hartington’s town crier will summon people to the village pump on Saturday March 30 at 2pm to announce the launch of a new Village Trail.

Peak District National Park Authority chair Tony Favell and Hartington Parish Council will unveil new information panels, while leaflets, local history displays, tea and cakes and a Village Trail prize draw will be available from noon to 4.30pm in the Village Hall.

Villagers got together to help create the new Village Trail that leads visitors back in time and encourages them to support local businesses for the future.

The trail leaflet features a self-guided map, illustrations by local schoolchildren, and 11 points of interest put together by community groups, exploring the village’s rich heritage from the 1200s to the present day.

Hartington Parish Council, community groups and Hartington Primary School worked with Peak District National Park and Derbyshire Dales District Council staff to create the leaflets and two information panels.

The pupils, who have been studying village history, produced artwork for the panels, one on a plinth built by local dry stone waller Trevor Wragg in the centre of the village, the other on the school wall.

Peak District National Park ranger Rose Clarke, who helped steer the project, said: “We wanted to produce a guide that would be fun for families, help them learn about the Peak District’s special qualities, and encourage them to stay longer and visit local shops, cafes and pubs.”

The guide is available at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/villagetrails from March 30.