Guests at Candlelight Cottage during January and February have seen the scenery at its wintry best recently. We’ve had some superb days with bright blue skies, a sprinkling of snow on the ground and the wonderful feeling that we’ve got the place to ourselves. Simon and I wrapped up well last week and went on a gentle walk from Foolow to Eyam and back. It’s the sort of walk you can do on the spur of the moment – not too long and with plenty of far reaching views and places to stop and have a meal, glass of mulled wine, or in our case, a coffee along the way. It’s also a walk which can be done either mostly on roads or by using tracks and footpaths across fields, depending on how muddy it is and how much time is available. On this occasion, we chose mainly roads.
Setting off from the duck pond in Foolow, we climbed the hill on to Bretton Edge.The views from here are terrific: In one direction, the moors of the Dark Peak stretch out beyond Hathersage and there are fine views of Win Hill. In the opposite direction, looking back towards Foolow, the vista is of White Peak scenery, with Peter’s Stone and the road to Litton in the distance.Turning right, we passed the Barrel Pub, famous with walkers and the Wills family’s favourite local pub! (Check out their steak and ale pies or filled oat cakes…)
Following the road as it skirts the Bretton mast, we were treated to further views back towards Win Hill, Lose Hill and Mam Tor. At the T junction, we turned right down towards Eyam, but soon cut left down a track alongside several fields of curious and very fluffy alpacas. This is a good place for views over Eyam village, home to several excellent tea shops and even a haunted pub, The Miners’ Arms.
Walking along the main street of Eyam back towards Foolow is both interesting and poignant. Many cottages have plaques in memory of whole families killed in the plague of 1665, when residents isolated themselves and successfully prevented the plague spreading to other villages. There is a fascinating museum in the village all about the plague, and it is well worth a visit.
We walked back towards Foolow along an old cart track, which comes out in Housley, just along the road from Foolow village and the Bull’s Head pub, (another good stopping off point for lunch or dinner.)
The whole walk is about 5 miles and takes about 3 hours at a gentle pace with a coffee break!
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