Hathersage - Abney Moor - Foolow - Eyam - Hathersage

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This walk from Hathersage follows the banks of the River Derwent before ascending over Offerton and Abney Moors to Foolow. From here is a gentle stroll across the fields to Eyam. It then climbs, passing Mompesson's Well and on to Eyam Moor before descending back into Hathersage.

The walk makes a good day's outing and the Bull's Head in Foolow which is reached in about three hours is an excellent lunch stop just over halfway round. Alternatively Eyam is reached after a further half-hour; it has a good tea room at Eyam Hall. We have done this walk on a hot summer's day and finished off with a swim in the outdoor pool at Hathersage, where the walk starts.

Eyam has associations with the Great Plague of 1665 when the whole village was quarantined. Mompesson's Well, which is high up above the village, is where food and other supplies were left for the villagers. William Mompesson was the rector and his wife is buried in the churchyard. There is a small museum and houses where plague victims lived are marked with plaques.

If you plan to take a dog, please be aware that there are signs at the start of certain sections of the moors stating 'no dogs except on public on rights of way'. This walk follows rights of way but please keep your dog on a lead through these sections of the walk.

England - Central England - Derbyshire - Peak District


Ancient Monument, Birds, Cafe, Church, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Hills or Fells, Moor, Museum, Pub, Public Transport, River, Stately Home, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife
10/23/2012 - Barbara Howcroft

Did this walk on the 20/10/2012, dog friendy, instructions good, weather good. All in all a really good walk. Barb, Jeff, Kathryn and Millie the dog.

7/19/2011 - Jenny Hemming

We thoroughly enjoyed this walk - a good mix of terrain (and weather, though that can't be guaranteed of course!). The instructions were very clear, and the waymarker photos very useful. There was just one place where perhaps the instruction could have been clearer. As you start to cross Eyam Moor the instruction says you cross the moor. This confused us as we expected to head straight on across the moor (and there is a path, leading to a stone circle, so interesting as a diversion anwyay), but actually you need to bear right and the path runs alongside the fence. Other than that minor problem, we had a great day.

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