Visit an organic farm

Lower Hurst Farm, Derbyshire

Lower Hurst Farm stands within the Peak District National Park in Derbyshire. It sweeps down to the banks of the River Dove, surrounded by rolling hills and stunning countryside.

Organic Hereford cattle

The farm has a herd of 90 pure bred Hereford cattle. They are one of Britain’s oldest beef breeds, coming from the Welsh borders where they were held in high esteem as early as the year 1600. All the cattle are bred and reared on the farm and graze freely on the organic pastures.

River, pastures and sculptures

Lower Hurst’s organic pastures run down to the River Dove. The field names give clues to some of the wildlife found on the farm - Vixen Meadow, Herons, Curlew and Leveretts (baby hares). There are also three wonderful granite sculptures set in dramatic locations around the farm. Carved by sculptor Ronald Rae, they depict the bull, the shepherd and the young bull.

Wildlife

The farm is rich in wildlife - including hares which you can see ‘boxing’ in the parkland and lapwings and curlews which nest in the open fields. Foxes have made their home in a log pile in the copse where they raise their young cubs.

Organic beef sales

By concentrating on one breed, the farm is able to produce delicious organic beef with a consistent flavour and texture. The farm has an excellent butchery where all the organic beef and lamb products are hung and butchered into steaks, joints and other cuts. It is then vacuum packed and frozen, ready for  next-day delivery throughout the country in special insulated boxes. Lower Hurst only sells beef and lamb that has been born, reared and matured on the farm, giving its customers the ultimate assurance of origin. Lower Hurst products have been highly commended by the Soil Association and won the Times’ small producer of the year award in 2002.

Farm shop

Although there is no shop at Lower Hurst, visitors are welcome to buy their meat direct from the butchery on the first Friday of each month. Open from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm.

Farm trail

A farm trail is open to visitors on the first Friday of each month, to coincide with the butchery being open. The trail takes visitors along the banks of the meandering River Dove and through fields of sheep, hay and cattle.  

Arranging a visit   

The farm arranges a number of special open days and events throughout the year. The farm offers a guided tour of the farm, crafts, music and the opportunity to buy farm produce. Contact the farm for details.  

How to get there   

By road: From Hartington village, take the B5054 west for about half a mile. Go past the ‘Staffordshire’ sign and turn left through two stone gateposts.  
By bike: Find your route on the Sustrans website         

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