Eyam - 1st July 2006
Date 1st July 2006 Description Eyam
Start Point Eyam Car Park Peaks Climbed Sir William Hill 429m 
Total Time 4hrs 49min    
Walking Time 4hrs 03min    
Stopped Time 0hrs 46min    
Distance 11.84 miles    
Moving Average 2.9 mph    
Elevation at Start 260 metres Temperature 27°C
Total Ascent 562 metres Weather Sunny and very hot with haze
Max Elevation 429 metres Walking With No One

Eyam Car Park - Eyam Village - Highcliffe - Sir William Hill - Jubilee Plantation - Eyam Moor - Bretton Clough - Stoke Ford - Oaks Farm - Abney Moor - Great Hucklow - Grindlow - Foolow - Eyam Village - Eyam Car Park

The location of this walk was in an area I have never been in before. The weather was excellent throughout the day - being sunny and very hot. There was a little haze but this did not really affect what was a fantastic day. This walk was a special one as it was my 100th recorded walk and also it was my birthday. Before I started the main walk I decided to walk around the village of Eyam. I saw the Church with its Saxon Cross and Sundial, the Stocks on the village green, Eyam Hall, Hall Hill Troughs, the Sheep Roast, and the famous Plague Cottages. After looking around the village I returned to the Car Park. I walked from the Car Park and up the road past Eyam Museum towards Highcliffe. This was probably the steepest section of the walk. I then carried on to Sir William Hill with its Radio Mast and Trig Point. This was the highest point of the walk at 429m. Retracing my steps I walked to Jubilee Plantation with its Rhododendrons. Only a few of the flowers were still out but I could imagine that it would be a wonderful sight it all had been out. At this point I had some text messages to reply to. Then it was onward to the ridge above Bretton Clough - fantastic views from here. The path then descended down to Stoke Ford. A very pictureque spot on Bretton Brook. I then walked through some woods before crossing a road, passing Oaks Farm and ascending upwards onto Abney Moor. It was very hot at this point. Again the views were lovely across the valley. Eventually I arrived in Great Hucklow. I had seen a few gliders from the nearby airfield while walking across Abney Moor. In Great Hucklow I saw the village cross. I continued my walk on to Grindlow and then on to Foolow. Foolow is a lovely village with the 14th centuary Cross, Village Duck Pond, Wayside Well, St Hughs Church and The Bulls Head Inn. I returned back to Eyam via 19 fields and stiles!! It was a very enjoyable days walk.

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Reference Books Used

White Peak Walks - The Northern Dales by Mark Richards (Cicerone)
  Walks in the Peak National Park by Peter & Pat Tidsall (Derbyshire Countryside)
Maps Used
OL24 Explorer - The Peak District (White Peak Area)
Hall Hill Troughs - Eyam
Eyam Hall
Stocks - Eyam
Sheep Roast - Eyam
Plague Cottages - Eyam
Eyam Church
7th Century Saxon Cross - Eyam Church
Sundial - Eyam Church
Stained Glass Window - Eyam
Sir William Hill Radio Mast
Geese near Highcliffe
Sir William Hill Radio Mast
Wild Rose
Sir William Hill Trig Point and Radio Mast
Sir William Hill Summit Trig Point
Sir William Hill Summit Trig Point
Ladder Stile and Sign to Stoke Ford
Rhododendrons at Jubilee Plantation
Above Bretton Clough
Woods near Eyam Moor
Looking towards Bretton Clough
Bretton and Abney Cloughs from the "Ridge"
Smelting Hill & Abney Moor from the "Ridge"
Stoke Ford
Path to Oaks Farm
Path through bracken to Abney Moor
Sheep Fold on Abney Moor
Abney Moor
Looking back to Abney Moor
Bracken on Abney Moor
Fields near Abney Grange
Great Hucklow Wood
Foolow Village Duck Pond
Wayside Well - Foolow
14th Centuary Cross - Foolow
St Hughs Church - Foolow
Path from Foolow to Eyam
Looking towards Eyam
Great Hucklow Cross
A lonely tree near Foolow

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