Peak District Walk - Eyam, Grindlow & Foolow
PUBLISHED: 10:51 21 March 2012 | UPDATED: 15:36 03 May 2020
Pat Tidsall and Roma Wilcock follow a favourite route across â€˜stone wall country' that combines history and lovely scenery
DIRECTIONS From Baslow drive to and through Calver on the A623. At the crossroads in Calver keep straight on to and through Stoney Middleton and in another three-quarters of a mile turn right up the B6521 to Eyam. As you approach the village turn left and left again. Drive through the village passing the church and the Hall. Turn right up Hawkhill Road. There are two car parks and toilets Grid Ref SK 216767.
DESCRIPTION This is a relatively easy walk with far reaching views... Eyam has much to offer: Eyam Hall Craft Centre, with craft outlets, a café and toilets, the church, tea rooms and inn, The Miner’s Arms (reputed to be one of the most haunted inns in Derbyshire), fine old houses, the well dressings (in late August this year), and the museum (with its distinctive rat weather vane) which opens on 27th March, all add to the interests in the village. On the edge above the village is a Youth Hostel.
Eyam is known as the ‘plague village’. It is reputed that a travelling tailor inadvertently introduced the plague in a parcel of flea-infested cloth from London. William Mompesson the Rector at the time persuaded the villages to stay, so sealing off the village and preventing the plague from spreading. The plague lasted 16 months and killed around 260 villagers. There is a footpath at the back of the church which leads to Mompesson’s Well where food was left by neighbouring villages and money left by the people of Eyam who disinfected the coins in vinegar.
Linear distance: 6 miles
Total height climbed: 280ft
Stiles: 23, most of them are easy
Paths: Field paths, tracks and a short stretch on the A623
Refreshments: Tea rooms at the eastern end of Eyam and the Eyam Hall Craft Centre, The Bulls Head in Foolow (closed on Mondays)
Picnic: Instruction 6 and in Foolow
Toilets: Eyam car park
1. Leave the pay and display car park to turn left back down the road and then turn left again. Opposite Eyam Hall craft area turn right down New Close. (A)
2. Pass the entrance to Eyam Hall car park to turn left up the narrow Dunlow Lane. Follow the lane round to the right. Walk up the hill with houses on the right to the entrance to Dunlow Farm. (B)
3. Turn left to follow the walled track and just before stone gate posts turn right along a grass walled track signed ‘Housley’. (C)
4. Go through a small way-marked gate and keep straight on, crossing three fields. After going through another small gate turn right up round the old quarry. Pass a footpath post to keep straight on then go through another gate. Now follow a broken wall on the right and the quarry fence on the left. (This path could be overgrown and you may need to walk in the field on the right.) If you walk in the field follow the boundary on the left and join the original path near the field corner.
5. At a footpath post by a fence corner, walk to and through a small gate on the right. Bear left to a wall corner to follow the wall on the right as you descend the hillside on the line of an old track. Ignore a gateway to continue downhill, still with the field boundary on the right. Go through a small gate by the farm gate and keep straight on up the scrubland (this may be somewhat overgrown). (D) Go through another gate.
6. Continue up the hill with walls up on the right and down on the left. (A possible picnic area.) Eventually you will descend to the very busy A623 where you have to cross the stile onto the road and turn right. Take great care! (E)
7. (F) In about 400 metres, at the junction with the road to Foolow, turn right to follow this road. At the next junction turn left back on yourself.
8. Turn right to walk along the Brosterfield Farm tarmac drive. At the farm continue along the track for a few metres, go through a gateway and immediately turn left over a stile. (G)
9. Walk in a westerly direction following a wall on the right to cross eight fields and stiles to reach Stanley House. (In the fourth field the boundary is a few metres up to the right.)
10. (H) Turn right along the track passing Stanley House on the right. Follow the track round a left-hand bend to walk above Silly Dale. The track gradually ascends to the road.
11. Cross the road to walk up a minor road and where it bends left to Grindlow turn right by a barn.(I)
12. Walk down the partly stony track which bends round to the right by a barn. The track now narrows to a path up the middle. Cross a squeeze stile at the end of the track.
13. Keep straight on up the field aiming for the stile in the wall opposite. Cross the stile and the paddock, passing the house on the left, to go through a fence gap. Cross the drive to go over a low wall stile.
14. Keep straight on to the road via a double stile. (J) Turn left down the road into Foolow.
15. Walk past the Bull’s Head and turn left along the Eyam and Grindleford road. In about 250 metres turn right by the footpath sign. (K)
16. Bear left across the field corner, aiming for a small building, to go through a small gate. Cross a track and a broken wall and a small gate.
17. Continue in an easterly direction following a wall on the right and crossing four fields and stiles. In the fifth field cross Linen Dale via a small gate. (L) At the top of the next field bear left to cross a broken wall then a small gate. Walk across a hummocky field and through a gate.
18. Continue in the same direction, crossing fields, a track, gates and stiles, and eventually entering a walled and hedged path. (M)
19. At the minor road turn left to walk down the road. At the road junction turn right to walk back into Eyam.
Eyam car park – A623 – Brosterfield Farm – Stanley House – Silly Dale – Grindlow – Foolow – Linen Dale – Eyam