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Eyam History and Moors Guided Walk

There’s great variety on this guided walk, exploring wild, beautiful moorland, wooded cloughs, meadows and sweeping landscapes with far reaching views. Eyam’s association with an outbreak of the plague in the 17th century provides fascinating history too.

  • Distance: 11.5 miles/18km.
  • Ascent: 2421ft/738m of ascent.
  • Difficulty: Harder.
  • Great For: New and experienced hill walkers who are reasonably fit.
  • Approx Timings: 0915 – 1600. Final confirmation when you book.
  • Start/Finish: Public Car Park on Hawkhill Road, S32 5QP.
  • Location Map >

£40.00

SKU Eyam History and Moors Guided Walk Categories ,

Description

We begin our walk in Eyam, learning how the village quarantined its population in 1666 following a tragic outbreak of the plague. We ascend steeply to Sir William Hill, a high point, before making our way over the heather-clad Eyam Moor and  descending to the delightful woods and stream of Abney Clough.  Our route then climbs out of the valley and traverses lonely Offerton Moor with great views of surrounding moorland and heather – scan the sky here for birds of prey, skylarks, curlews and grouse. We then take a track over Abney Moor – another wilderness delight – before crossing the steep-sided upper reaches of Abney Clough. A short, steep ascent brings us onto a wide ridge where we enjoy a panoramic view over the White Peak landscape far below. We descend on a lane into the pretty village of Foolow where a track crosses wild flower meadows and takes us back to Eyam.

Want a shorter, slower pace walk with more time in Eyam?  You can join our ‘Chill on the Hill’ at Eyam Guided Walk on 25 February 2024 here.

 

Additional information

The Walk

We begin our walk in Eyam, learning how the village quarantined its population in 1666 following a tragic outbreak of the plague. We ascend steeply to Sir William Hill, a high point, before making our way over the heather-clad Eyam Moor and  descending to the delightful woods and stream of Abney Clough.  Our route then climbs out of the valley and traverses lonely Offerton Moor with great views of surrounding moorland and heather – scan the sky here for birds of prey, skylarks, curlews and grouse. We then take a track over Abney Moor – another wilderness delight – before crossing the steep-sided upper reaches of Abney Clough. A short, steep ascent brings us onto a wide ridge where we enjoy a panoramic view over the White Peak landscape far below. We descend on a lane into the pretty village of Foolow where a track crosses wild flower meadows and takes us back to Eyam.

What’s included?

Included
  • Qualified Mountain Leader or Hill and Moorland Leader with Outdoor First Aid Qualifications.
  • Guiding throughout the day with briefing advice and support to ensure your safety.
  • Narrative on local points of interest, wildlife, geology, history and culture.
  • Optional photography of your day which can be shared with you.
  • The option of a free, return lift from a station or bus stop to the start of your walk to encourage sustainable travel. We can only arrange this if we have spare space in our vehicle and the pick-up point is reasonably close to your walk. Ask us when you book.
Not Included:
  • Parking or transport costs associated with your walk.
  • Essential walking kit or food.
  • Navigation equipment and maps for Navigation Courses (we will help if we have spares).

What to Bring

Here’s an Essential Kit Kist for all our walks >

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.

Facilities

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.

Walk Difficulty

This is Harder Walk.  Here is our walk difficulty guide >

FAQs

We have created a separate page of the most frequently asked questions here >

Accommodation

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…

Respect:
  • 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
Protect:
  • 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
Enjoy:
  • 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
Want to know more?
  • Sustainability – our actions and fund raising to support the local environment, communities and economy.
  • Contact Us – ask a question or make a suggestion.