This popular village in the Derbyshire Dales has a fascinating history and some lovely walks to try. Eyam is known as the 'Plague Village' because of an outbreak of bubonic plague in 1665. The villagers chose to isolate themselves rather than let the infection spread.
This walk visits some of the interesting sites in the village including Eyam Hall, the 'Plague Cottages', the Parish Church and Eyam Moor.
The walk starts from the National Trust car park in the centre of the village. From here you can visit the Jacobean style manor house of Eyam Hall. The hall dates from the 17th century and has attractive gardens to explore. You then head along Church Street and pass the so called 'Plague Cottages' where the first victims died. Soon after you come to the 14th century parish church of St Lawrence and the graveyard where the victims were buried. You can then head north out of the village, to Eyam Moor, passing the Plague Stone on the way. This is quite a challenging climb but with great views of the surrounding Peak District scenery from the high points. The moor is also home to Wet Withens stone circle.
Other Walks around Eyam
- Derwent Valley Heritage Way - You can pick up this long distance trail just to the east of the village. Following the riverside trail north will take you towards Upper Padley and the splendid Longshaw Estate. Head south and you will come to Curbar.
- Curbar Edge - A couple of miles south east of the village you climb to this wonderful viewpoint. From the elevated position on Curbar Edge and Froggatt Edge there are magnificent views over the Eastern Moors of the Peak District. The area is also covered with interesting rock formations. Look out for red deer on the moors and birdlife such as the Ring Ouzel, in the air.
- Padley Gorge Trail - A couple of miles east of Eyam Moor you can pick up the Padley Gorge Trail through a stunning wooded valley. The trail runs along the lovely Burbage Brook with its pretty waterfalls, rocky boulders and wooden bridges.
- Longshaw Estate - Near Upper Padley you will also find the Longshaw Estate. The estate is perfect for walking with fabulous views of the Peak District, ancient woods, parkland and heather moorland. In the park there are pretty ponds, a waterside path along Barbrage Brook and the lovely Big Moor where you should look out for red deer. There are also excellent facilities with a tea room, shop and the Moorland Discovery Centre.
- Hathersage - The pretty village of Hathersage is just a few miles north of Eyam. It has several long distance trails running past it and a number of challenging climbs to try.