Public Transport based walk with Andrew Forbes & Gemma Wilson.
Walk leaders to meet the group at Grindleford
A pretty walk over to the famous plague village of Eyam, where it's inhabitants' self-emposed quarentine in 1665 helped to prevent the spread of the black death; said to have reached the village from infected cloth from London, from reaching neighbouring villages and beyond. En route to Eyam we'll pass one of the boundary stones used to mark, you guessed it, the edge of the quarantine section. Villagers left vinegar soaked coins at these stones in payment for food and medicine provided by neighbouring villages and the nearby Earl of Devonshire in Chatsworth House.
Thankfully Eyam is now better known for it's pretty tearooms, cafes and bistros however there are still plenty of monuments and information plaques on many of the houses that tell the story of the people that lived and died there during the plaque. We'll stop for lunch in Eyam before heading up through woodland into the heather adorned moorland above Eyam before passing through more woodland, fields and waterside sections to return to Grindleford and the train home.
This walk should take roughly 5 hours to complete. Paths are good for the majority of the route however please note that a couple of sections were muddy/slippy or a little overgrown with brambles etc when reccied. There are only a couple of steep but short climbs.
Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport
We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.
10:30: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 10:49. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.
Return to Grindleford from Piccadilly costs £11.40.
10:49: Train departs for the walk start at Grindleford Station.
11:50: Walk starts at Grindleford Station.
Return from Grindleford Station. 16:28 / 17:28 / 18:29
Waypoints: D V H Way, The Bank, The Cliff, Town End, Ladywash Mine, Sir William Hill, Stoke Ford, Hazleford, Leadmill, Coppice Wood
Toilet available in cafe at Grindleford station. Public toilet available in Eyam