Monday, 13 January 2014

Eyam - On The Edge

Famous for sealing itself off from the rest of the world following the discovery of the plague reaching there in August 1665, Eyam is a Derbyshire Village only a fairly short drive south west of Sheffield. So there is an historical attraction, but what about for walks? The walk for today was based around Eyam Edge, with the hope of some views.
 



Bonus, there is free parking at the northern end of the village. This is an upper level to the tarmac car park there. There is also a WC and a couple of maps of the village. This was the start point of our walk.
 
 
 
 

Although it turned out to be a little cloud, the skies were fantastic for photographs at times. The route found us heading north from the car park and up a byway in the direction of Bole Hill.
 
 
 
 

The route passed a building that is quite out of place for the area. This turns out to be part of the works for the Ladywash Mine which finally closed it's doors in 1979.
 
 
 

Once across Sir William Hill Road we had a call at the trig point off to the west and then continued on along a short ridge line back towards the path.
 
 
 

At the junction of four paths we chose to turn left, almost back in the direction we came and weave our way up through the Gotherage and Big moor Plantations. There are some nice views across the valley in this area, with time permitting, options for longer walks. We had a bit of a time limit, so took a shorter route this time round.
 
 
 
Our route at this point passed through a few areas that are not access land, so care to follow the paths is needed as much of it is farm land.
 
 
 

We worked our way back down into Eyam village via Shephards Flat Farm. Quite a muddy route where gaiters would be an advantage.

It was interesting to pass the plague houses in the centre of the village and read the plaques there informing you of the outbreaks sequence of infection. It also made you realise what this village put itself through back then. Would people do the same now?