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Walk - shafts, mines everything on this one, even the 'Sink'

Start of June and only a couple of weeks before the beginning of the official start of summer. Get your walking boots on again for the keen walkers and those that have been hibernating as being fair weather walkers only.

This walk starts in the historical village of Eyam, famous for being the 'plague village' from 1655, as this was the first place outside of London to  receive the black plague epidemic and where the puritan minister Thomas Stanley (believed to be related via family tree) and Reverend William Monpesson decided to isolate the village entirely to try and stop the plague from further spreading.

Starting in the Car park in Eyam which has public toilets we head out of the village in a western direction towards Foolow, passing old shafts and mines which are scattered all over the Derbyshire countryside. Onwards to Stanley Lodge where we then begin to go North via Silly Dale to Grindlow and Great Hucklow.  Beyond Great Hucklow we head to up and onto Hucklow Edge, as we walk on the edge we pass further shafts and disued mines of past lead and fluorspar mines. As we pass Bretton and its Youth Hostel we reach Nether Bretton and then follow a path to Duric Well, passing the well we head in a continued easterly direction upto Sir William Hill and its trig point before heading downwards past Ladywash Mine and then onto a road that takes up to the local historical spot of Monpesson Well.  From here we go South through the woodland of Hollowbrook Wood, as we pass Plague Stone we come back into the village of Eyam and the square where there is a nice ice cream shop and the Miners Arms for our usual after walk drinkies!!

Travel Directions:

Route 1 - 

via Chesterfield: (from Nottingham 36 miles) 1 hr 5 mins

Take the M1 to junction 29, turn onto A617 to Chesterfield  and continue for 5 miles to roundabout then follow signs to A619 towards Chatsworth House, follow A619 for  8.8 miles when reach 2nd roundabout at Baslow, take A623 and follow for 3.5 miles after the village of Stoney Middleton take next right  B6521 to Eyam, when arrive at the village turn left  onto Church Lane passing the church  take next right onto Hawkshill Road and the car park is 100 metres on the right hand side.

Route 2

via A6: (from Nottingham 37 miles) 1 hr 15 mins

Follow A610 from Nottingham to Ambergate, turn right onto A6 follow A6 for 15.5 miles to Bakewell where at roundabout turn right onto A619 follow for 0.8 miles and then turn left onto B6001 Hassop Road, Follow Hassop Road for 3.8 miles to Calver then turn left onto A623 for 1.5 miles and turn right onto B6521 to Eyam, at Eyam turn left onto Church Lane and then after 0.4 miles turn right onto Hawkshill Road and the car park is on the right.



• Eyam Hall

• Foolow

Silly Dale

• Grindlow

• Great Hucklow

• Hucklow Edge

• Eyam Edge

• Sinkhole

• Bretton

• Duric Well

• King Cairn (The Stanage Ring)

• Ladywash Mine

• Mompesson's Well

• Hollybrook Wood

• Plague Stone

• Miners Arms, Eyam

Route Details:

Distance 9.67 miles (15.56 Kilometres) 

Start:  10.30am 

Finish:  4.30pm (eta) 


767.06 feet [masked] metres) at the lowest point

[masked] feet [masked] metres) at the highest point

Footpaths: 50% 

Tracks:  30% 

Roads:  20%

The Usual:

As always make sure you are prepared for this walk. 

You will need: 

• Walking boots are always the ideal footwear of choice - even though its Spring it still can be wet underfoot, making it slippery so a good grip and ankle support is essential.

• Suitable clothes, Layers are good, (Jeans aren't recommended as if they get wet they become heavy) lightweight breathable trousers are better, walking trousers or sports wear.

• Waterproofs are essential any time of the year as you never know in the countryside and best to be prepared.

• Hats & gloves - worthwhile to pack just in case

• Snacks, Sweets etc.

• Adequate water or soft drinks

• Camera 

As it's nearly Summer the weather can change so you may need waterproofs but then again it could be warm and sunny too so don't forget your sunglasses too also useful to bring spare warm clothing such as an extra jumper/jersey and maybe a spare pair of socks.

Sense of humour is essential!!

Lunch - Plan is to have lunch just past half way in the village of Great Hucklow, if so there maybe a shop but I cant confirm, so please be self sufficient for the day in the way of food and drinks.


Please arrive in plenty of time so we can promptly start at 10.30am 

(I do have a cut off time that we WILL start walking by so if you arrive late I cant guarantee we will be there still waiting)

When I plan the route beforehand I do calculate times and know some people do like to go out after the walks too, so by starting on time  we will finish on time and folk can get to other planned events too. so please respect others so we can start on time.



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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great walk and how wrong was the forecast!!
    Lovely sunshine and walk through the woods to end to it perfect.
    Can't believe some missed the "Sink"! Lovely group of people.
    Thanks Andy

    1 · June 7, 2014

    • Andy S.

      I design these walks with plenty of research on places to see with history and facts and some seem to spend the day looking at the floor...;-)

      1 · June 7, 2014

    • Lynda

      We were engrossed in conversation!

      June 7, 2014

  • Stephen L.

    thanks one and all for making me so welcome - good walk & good company - thoroughly enjoyed the day

    1 · June 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oh, it was wet but didn't mind much. I was just lovely to be out with a fab crowd. In the end there was sunshine! Lots of laughs also and a bit of history. Great day! Thanks Andy!! :-)

    1 · June 7, 2014

  • Lynda

    Lovely walk despite the rain. Ended in beautiful sunshine!

    June 7, 2014

  • John B.

    Beautiful countryside, shame about the weather but the company made up for it. You were right about the waterproofs Andy.

    1 · June 7, 2014

  • susan

    I take it you won't be cancelling because a bit of precipitation is forecast Andy?!

    June 6, 2014

    • Andy S.

      The walk will go ahead what ever the weather conditions, I need to wash my hair anyway...

      2 · June 6, 2014

    • susan

      My hair certainly needs a wash now!

      June 7, 2014

  • susan

    Fab walk, thanks everyone, especially Andy! Anyone else feeling smug that the weather forecast was wrong? :-)

    June 7, 2014

  • Andy S.

    Its not raining at the moment :) but if it does get bad i can look at changing the route along the way if need be...

    June 7, 2014

    • susan

      Very sensible! Going via a tea shop would be an excellent decision....... :-)

      June 7, 2014

  • Stephen L.

    hi - bit of a late entry - hope thats ok - my first meet up - looking forward to meeting you all

    1 · June 7, 2014

    • susan

      Make sure you bring some waterproofs!

      June 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Andy, In view of the flash flood warnings I feel it is prudent for me to give this walk a miss. I hope we might go to this place again sometime.

    June 7, 2014

  • Karen

    what distance will this be? :-)

    1 · May 25, 2014

    • Ahmed

      9.67 miles (15.56 Kilometres)

      June 4, 2014

    • Karen


      June 6, 2014

  • Erika R

    Any chance that I could catch a ride?

    May 28, 2014

    • Mal

      I will be leaving Notts city centre at 9am. If you're stiil in need of a lift, let me know...

      June 6, 2014

    • Erika R

      Hi Hugh and Mal- for some reason I thought this was on Sunday. I have a few things I need to do tomorrow so I can't make it after all. Thanks so much for the ride offers!

      June 6, 2014

  • Kiran

    I'd like to join you but won't have time to do the full walk unfortunately. Does the route allow for me to find a way to take about 3-ish miles off so I can get back to the start earlier? If not, no worries :)

    June 2, 2014

    • Andy S.

      There is a way of cutting 2 miles off from the end but just over half of that is road walking

      June 5, 2014

    • Kiran

      Thanks Andy. Plans have changed so I can't make this at all now :-/

      June 6, 2014

  • Adela

    Will be there depending on the weather

    June 3, 2014

  • Di

    It's a maybe at the mo - will confirm a bit nearer the time :)

    June 2, 2014

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