This is a ‘chilled’, easy-pace walk, for those wishing to explore a fascinating village history and moorland countryside. Ideal for those new to hill walking or wishing to explore at a slower pace, On this walk we’ll learn about the fascinating history around the village of Eyam which, in 1665, was infected with the Plague after flea- invested cloth arrived from London. We discover how villagers quarantined themselves to protect their community and those nearby. We’ll visit some of the key sites around the village. These might include the Plague Cottages, Riley Graves, Mompesson’s Well and the Boundary Stone – each has a story! The route of this walk is flexible depending on the interests of the group.
We ascend out of Eyam to Sir William Hill, a high point on our walk, exploring moorland with lovely, far reaching views before descending back to the village to enjoy a well earned cuppa.
A lovely day combining countryside, views and history!
Want to make a weekend of it? You can also book our Chatsworth – Birchen Edge Guided Walk on Saturday 23 March 2024 here
Meeting and Parking
We meet at the Village Car Park on Hawkhill Road, Eyam, S32 5QP. This car park is free.
Please note: The entrance is on the right shortly after you turn up Hawkhill Road from the village – the right turning is just beyond the Derbyshire Dales Pay Display Car Park (which has public toilets).
Please see a Google Map showing the location of Hawkhill Road here.
Coming by Bus or Train
We’re keen to support public transport use and reduce emissions. If you’re arriving reasonably nearby we’ll give you a free lift. Just ask us when you book.
There are public toilets the Derbyshire Dales Pay Display Car Park (adjacent to the car park we meet in.
Eyam is a fascinating village with a great little museum opposite where you park – Eyam Museum. The Village has excellent tea rooms, cafes, a pub, shops and accommodation. See Map here.
Hathersage is 15 minute drive away with a railway station, shops, cafes, hotels, restaurants, accommodation, fuel station and toilets. See map here.
This is an Easier Walk. Here is our walk difficulty guide >
We have created a separate page of the most frequently asked questions here >
Click here to see a Google map of accommodation near this walks start.
We have also created a page of Peak District accommodation we recommend here >
Respect, Protect and Enjoy!
We all want to respect, protect and enjoy the fragile upland environments where we walk, so that they can be enjoyed by generations to come. Following The Countryside Code really helps…
- Be considerate to those living in, working in and enjoying the countryside
- Leave gates and property as you find them
- Do not block access to gateways or driveways when parking
- Be nice, say hello, share the space
- Follow local signs and keep to marked paths unless wider access is available
- Take your litter home – leave no trace of your visit
- Do not light fires and only have BBQs where signs say you can
- Always keep dogs under control and in sight
- Dog poo – bag it and bin it – any public waste bin will do
- Care for nature – do not cause damage or disturbance
- Check your route and local conditions
- Plan your adventure – know what to expect and what you can do
- Enjoy your visit, have fun, make a memory
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