Walk Leader: Beverley Kelly Total Distance: 8 miles Total Ascent/Descent: 1400ft
B Walk anticlockwise
This is an interesting walk ‘off the beaten track’ as we traverse
ancient woodlands, dance with a Highlow Brook and wander over open moorland
listening to beautiful birdsong, mainly on natural pathways which have probably
been there for centuries, but first we have to tackle Eyam Edge.
This isn’t a difficult ‘B’ Walk, with gentle slopes as we traverse
the boundary of the White peaks, but we do start with a steep climb of 400ft over
0.5mile up Eyam Edge. We will take this at a steady pace, waiting for the
slowest, but after a rest we will be ready for the rest of the walk.
I have decided not to go
to the Barrel Inn at Bretton as we would lose too many walkers so we veer over
to Bretton Clough and some delightful pathways through ancient woodland, slowly
descending to Stoke Ford but noticing Gotherage Barn Ruins on the way. We may
have lunch at the Ford.As we leave the ford, notice the footpath sign erected
in 1939 and still clearly showing the way – for us uphill to the left. We are
on the lower slopes of Eyam Moor but will have some excellent views, particularly
of Hathersage as we approach Tor Farm at Hazelford. I wonder how big the new
born lambs will be now?
A short steepish climb now on a minor road to Leam where we join a
footpath across Eyam Moor. Keep an eye open for the variety of ground nesting
birds and wild flowers. Eventually we can see the Wireless Mast which indicates
that we are getting nearer Eyam and Sir William Hill Road (not the Bookie, Baddeley's
guide to the Peak District, published in 1899, claimed it may have been named
after Sir William Peveril, son of William the Conqueror, but this is far from
We walk along this road, which was abandoned by the council many
years ago and this shows as it is a very rough rocky route. Turning off to a
footpath, we head down Bole Hill, passing Ladywash Mine, now closed and boarded
up but was used for many years to extract iron ore and then Fluxite.
We now have to descend Eyam Edge, making sure we take the correct
route to come out opposite the next pathway down to the village and refreshments
or a browse of the history of this famous place, including Riley’s Graves.