- Route Grindleford Station – Hay Wood – Froggatt Edge – Froggatt Bridge – Stoke Brook – Stoney Middleton – The Cliff – Eyam – Riley Graves – Froggatt Bridge – Horse Hay Coppice – Grindleford – Grindleford Station
- Distance 11.87 miles
- Duration 8 hrs 50 mins (including lunch and a visit to Eyam Museum)
- Getting there Train to Grindleford, splitting at Sheffield.
- Weather Warm, with occasional bursts of sunshine.
Why this route?
- I wanted to see Eyam, having read A Parcel of Patterns as a child. TOH wanted to see Eyam because…history.
What did we learn?
- I bought How To Read Water so I spent much of the walk fascinated by puddles and eddies.
- Spring in the woods – Hay Wood and Horse Hay Coppice.
- Froggatt Edge – can’t beat those rocks.
- The Derwent Valley Heritage Trail and then Calver Marsh. A well-signed nature reserve in a rare habitat.
- The only listed chippy in the country at Stoney Middleton.
- Eyam – fascinating but tragic history. Also a story of revival. The village is famous for the plague but was probably actually more prosperous after the plague than before.
- Playing count the sheep breeds as we walked back along the Derwent Valley Heritage Trail.