Walk Leader : Peter Hitchcock Total Distance: 11.5mls Total Ascent/descent: 1980ft app
the coach park, with its free toilets, we walk back through part of the village
to the church, stopping momentarily in front of the original now pretty “plague
cottages” in the process.
through the churchyard we start climbing up out of the village towards Eyam
Moor to the North.It is a short but
steep-stepped climb but you will have seen some affable, amiable alpacas to set
you on your way!At the ring-cairned
peak of the moor you should get a fantastic view of the whole of Stanage Edge
to the north-east.We then descend into
a very picturesque wooded valley towards Stoke Ford before climbing gently up
to the grouse-filled Offerton Moor, and our eventual lunch stop.
Descending then to Robin Hood’s Cross, in
what is called ‘The White Peak’ area, we take a short skip across Abney Moor, then
up and down a few valleys to the lovely village of Foolow.From there, it is a 1:15 walk across
farmland, a working quarry and woodlands back to the village.
The walk is
about 18.5kms [11.5 miles] but should only take about 5hrs- even at my pace!There are 2 steep climbs but which take only
10 mins each: one at the start out of the village and one mid-afternoon.Right at the end, we have to climb gently
back up to Eyam from Middleton Dale but, again, this will only take about 10
mins, and there’s a beer at the end of it! So, not too serious by any means,
promise!!If windy, the moors will be
bleak and chilly so a good windproof jacket would be a bonus.An invigorating walk!.