Eyam & Hucklow Walk - April 22nd

Posted 29/4/2018

A group of 16 adults, 1 teenager and 6 dogs completed Dearne Valley Walking Group’s 6.9 miles Eyam, Sir William Hill and Hucklow Edge Walk on Sunday.


Eyam is renowned for an outbreak of a bubonic plague in the village in 1665 in which the villagers chose to isolate themselves rather than let the infection spread with the plague taking fourteen months to run its course.


The village Museum tells Eyam’s story and it was from here that our group began their walk, walking westwards along the village’s main street before turning sharply left onto Windmill Lane and then continuing onto Tideswell Lane. A short way along here we took a narrow path on the right between the houses.


This path took us across a series of small fields, crossing numerous stone walls by a combination of stiles and gates to the small village of Foolow. Along the way 3 eagle-eyed members of our group spotted a sheep stuck laid on its side in distress and promptly carried out a rescue mission to stand the sheep back upright - at which point it quite understandably ran off. On reaching Foolow and with rain starting to fall, we timed it perfectly to take to the shelter of the bull’s Head Inn for swift liquid refreshment.


The rain had stopped as we left the Black Bull and we passed the picture postcard small village pond to leave Foolow, again crossing a series of stone walls by stiles and gates, as we made our way to a track which we took northwards along Silly Dale to Grindlow where we paused for a lunch break.

Resuming our walk after lunch we left Grindlow along a path, passing Rose Farm, as we headed northwards to join the Great Hucklow to Bretton road and then turned right to Hucklow Edge. Here we were forced to take a diversion from our planned route due to footpath closure, instead continuing along the road, passing The Barrel Inn with great views southwards over Eyam Edge.


Where the road bends sharply right we continued straight ahead along Sir William Hill Road to Sir William Hill Trig point which stands away from the road with limited direct access from the Road, but three of our group made the short walk up the hill to the trig point.


After having a quick group photo we continued a little longer along Sir William Hill Road to where our route took us southwards to make our way back to Eyam. Here we caught up with another group which caused a lengthy queue over the stile a little like queueing for rides at Alton Towers!


After negotiating the queue and the stile the path took us gently down hill to a road where we turned right towards High Cliff Farm and then took a track on the left which zig-zagged down hill back to our start point.


Well done to everyone who completed the walk and welcome to Helen Brewerton and Chris Bentley who walked with DVWG for the first time today. Congratulations to Audrey Brownridge who today passed 100 miles walked with the group year to date and also Steve Pennock who passed 200 miles walked for this year.