- Range Walking Club
- Sunday 20th October
- Plague, pestilence and imprisonment are the themes
featuring in this month's walks. We are off to the Eyam
area of Derbyshire on Sunday 20 October. The village was
made famous by the Black Death Plague of the 17th
Century. There are enjoyable views in a location not
featured in Club walks previously. Toilets are available
at Eyam. We leave school at 0800 hrs prompt and will be
back (hopefully) by 1930 hrs. The cost of travel is now
£5.00 for adults and £3.00 for children and students in
full-time education. Please return slips with cheque (not
cash) to the school office by Thursday, 10 October, in an
envelope marked "Range Walking Club". Walking
boots are essential on all walks.
This incorporates the B+ walk.
Distance: 13 miles
- Ascent: 1700'
- Leaders: John Hughes, Ian Mitchell, Ann Mitchell and A N
The major part of both walks share a circular route
with a pleasant variety including quiet riverside,
attractive valleys, moorland views and villages with
character. From Eyam a track climbs steadily northwards
onto Eyam Moor where the path across provides a good
vantage of the surrounding countryside until it descends
to the valley at Stokes Ford. Turning east, the route
roughly follows Highlow Brook to Hathersage and then
south along wooded paths beside the River Derwent. The
'A' party here detour for the climb on to rocky Froggatt
Edge whilst 'B+' walkers continue a parallel, more
leisurely path along the river until the routes join
again at Calver. Field paths lead through Stoney
Middleton and over a small hill back into Eyam, passing
numbers of cottages with plaques commemorating earlier
residents who were victims of the plague.
Distance: 11 miles
- Ascent: 1000'
- Leaders: as above
We start at the village of Eyam and walk west to
Foolow. Turning northwest we pass through Grindlow
(182775) to the National Glider Centre at Great Hucklow.
Climbing steadily northeast and with some short road
walking, we move on to Abney before going through Abney
Clough. There then follows a short sharp ascent (taken
slowly) before we start the long descent over fields and
moorland skirting Sir William Hill (Hill) to Eyam.
Distance: 8 miles
- Ascent: 1100'
- Leaders: Dave Luty and Ian Gilmour
This walk is a real mixture - typical of Derbyshire
some would say. From the very pretty historical village
of Eyam we head southwest then east through the
semi-industrial limestone landscape of Great Lonsdale
parish with its deep rakes but with splendid panoramic
views of Hucklow, Eyam and Froggatt Edges. As we proceed,
the scenery softens and the walk back via the River
Derwent and the attractive village of Stony Middleton to
Eyam completes a varied but scenic walk. A bit harder
than the normal 'C' with a couple of longish gentle
climbs plus a few muddy, steepish tracks where care must
Distance: 7½ miles
- Ascent: 900'
- Leaders: John Rothwell and Bob Hutt