Eyam - History and views.

Group: Take a Hike

date
Saturday 2 October, 2021
distance
9 miles
grade
Moderate
starts
10:30
description

OS map OL24

I last did this walk on 19.06.16.

The walk will not be fast paced and there will be plenty of opportunity to take photos.

Eyam is noted for an outbreak of bubonic plague which occured there in 1665, during which the villagers chose to isolate themselves rather than let the infection spread.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eyam

https://www.beautifulbritain.co.uk/htm/outandabout/eyam.htm

https://www.eyamvillage.org.uk/

 

THE WALK

Starting from Eyam museum we will walk along Church Street past some of the houses where victims of the plague lived (there are plaques with their names), and through the churchyard stopping to look at the Celtic Cross, Sundial and some of the gravestones.

From the churchyard we continue uphill through fields and woods to Sir William Hill trig point.  As we leave the woods we will have good views back down into the valley and across to the quarry on the opposite side of the valley to Eyam.  From the trig point we will have views North-West towards the Hope Valley and Mam Tor, and South-East to the Edges above Froggat, Curbar and Baslow.

From the trig point we head downhill past Mompesson's Well, then through some woods to reach The Square in Eyam.  We continue along Lydgate to fields that lead us past the Boundary Stone on our way to Stoney Middleton.  This stone was where residents of Eyam left money during the plague in exchange for goods.

Once in Stoney Middleton  we will pass the former Toll Booth (now a chip shop) and a former mill.  At The Moon pub we have a steep uphill section on the road which then becomes a more gradual ascent as we head across fields and then descend towards Calver.

Once we reach Coombs Dale we have an easy walk along the track (which has a small stream running alongside it) and a gradual ascent to Black Harry Lane (named after a highwayman).  We have a short but steep climb up the lane before descending past Darlton Quarry to the Stoney Middleton road A623.  As we walk downhill we have a view across the valley to Eyam.

Our return to Eyam is through the nature reserve and Cucklett Delf.  Church services were held outdoors at Cucklett Delf.

COVID-19
Due to COVID-19, we all need to take extra steps to stay safe. Please follow all safety advice given by the walk leader, including the latest guidelines on physical distancing. For more information about COVID-19 and Ramblers group walks, please see our guidance for walkers on the coronavirus pages of the Ramblers website.

starting point
https://www.eyam-museum.org.uk/visit-us "There are two car parks in the village. The Derbyshire Dales District car park is directly opposite the museum on Hawkhill Road and charges apply. The Parish Council car park is just behind the DDDC car park and there is an honesty box for payment. Car parking is allowed on the road in the village, please check the road signs for restrictions." The pay and display car park was £5.50 in 2016.
starting grid reference
SK216767
post code
S32 5QW

Start point

https://www.eyam-museum.org.uk/visit-us "There are two car parks in the village. The Derbyshire Dales District car park is directly opposite the museum on Hawkhill Road and charges apply. The Parish Council car park is just behind the DDDC car park and there is an honesty box for payment. Car parking is allowed on the road in the village, please check the road signs for restrictions." The pay and display car park was £5.50 in 2016.

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contacts
name
Suzanne McRobbie
group
Take a Hike
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