Eyam

Sunday 10th march 2013.

The village of Eyam is best known for being the “plague village” that chose to isolate itself when the plague was discovered there in 1665, rather than let the infection spread. The plague had been brought to the village in a flea-infested bundle of cloth that was delivered to the village tailor from London. Today, many of the cottages have a plaque in the garden commemorating deaths from the plague that occurred there.

‘A’ walk. Distance 12 miles. Leader: David Lewis.

From the village we head north and immediately tackle the steepish zig-zag lane to the top of Eyam Edge. After a mile or so, we walk through the wooded Bretton Clough and continue along Abney Clough to reach the village of Abney.

We then traverse some moorland, contouring round Shatton Edge and Offerton Moor. At one point we pass Robin Hoods Stoop, an old boundary stone, supposedly the place from which Robin Hood shot an arrow into Hathersage Churchyard, over 2000 yards away.

After dropping down through Highlow Wood we rise gradually again to cross the flanks of Eyam Moor. The highest point of our walk is reached near the top of Sir William Hill, just before we descend to Eyam village centre and enter it via the churchyard.

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The ‘B’ walk was led by Doreen Hunter, 7.5 miles.

The walk starts from Eyam across fields and a few well maintained stiles, to the pretty village of Foolow with its village green and pond. There is a medieval cross in the middle of the green placed there in 1868. From there we ascend to the Barrel Inn. It is here looking down across the valley that the ‘dark peak’ (gritstone) of Derbyshire meets the ‘white’ peak (limestone.

We then descend towards Bretton Clough before levelling out alongside the clough for about a mile. After a short steep climb we follow the edge of the valley eventually meeting a path across Eyam Moor where our efforts are amply rewarded by splendid views over Derwent Valley.

Leaving the moor it is downhill all the way back to Eyam passing an Alpaca farm.

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The ‘C’ walk was led by Keith Tattersall. 7 miles.

After leaving Eyam we walk in a south easterly direction across fields to descend to the village of Stoney Middleton, A short descent from here is followed by another descent into Coombs Dale which we follow westwards along a track in Rough Side for a mile and a half passing on the way the entrance to the disused Sallet Mine.On reaching Black Harry Gate we enter fields crossing Longstone Moor before we join a track for a short distance before we enter fields again. Here we turn north and make our way via Housley and the road to Foolow and back to Eyam.

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