Peak District

Route: Eyam

Area: Derbyshire, Peak District

Date of walk: 11th August 2016

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 4.1 miles

Ascent: 600 feet

Weather: Mist, wind, constant drizzle

We were staying in Baslow during our short walking break in the Peak District and since the weather was too poor for a high level walk we decided to visit nearby Eyam, the famous ‘plague village‘, which is full of historical interest. An outbreak of the bubonic plague occurred here in 1665 and the villagers chose to isolate themselves to prevent the disease spreading further. The plague killed most of the inhabitants, with only 83 surviving out of a population of 350

As we walked through the village there were poignant signposts on some of the cottages where residents had lost whole families to the disease. We followed a path out of the village past the Lydgate Graves and walked through the fields into Stoney Middleton. In 1665 the villagers here had aided their quarantined neighbours in Eyam by providing food and supplies

The climb out of the village included a section along a very overgrown path and it was a relief to reach a wide byway which we followed back to the start

The weather was miserable throughout, with mist obscuring the views and drizzle making it hard to keep the lens dry but in some ways this suited the sombre historical context of this walk

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