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!!
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
• Silly Dale
• Great Hucklow
• Hucklow Edge
• Eyam Edge
• Duric Well
• King Cairn (The Stanage Ring)
• Ladywash Mine
• Mompesson's Well
• Hollybrook Wood
• Plague Stone
• Miners Arms, Eyam
Distance 9.67 miles (15.56 Kilometres)
Finish: 4.30pm (eta)
767.06 feet [masked] metres) at the lowest point
[masked] feet [masked] metres) at the highest point
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
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 BRING A PACKED LUNCH
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.