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Heading for Stoney Middleton along the path from Eyam
Heading for Stoney Middleton along the path from Eyam

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Route No. 548 - Friday 9 May 2014
Eyam, Stoney Middleton, The Riley Graves,
Mompesson's Well circuit - 6km
Derbyshire Peak District . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL24 The Peak District White Peak area


The Square in Eyam
The Square in Eyam

The Parish Church of St Lawrence in Eyam
The Parish Church of St Lawrence in Eyam

Walking along Lydgate from The Square
Walking along Lydgate from The Square

As you approach the car park up the hill from Church Street there is a circular stone building on the right (public toilets) but this is in a 'pay & display' car park. Just past this car park there is another entrance with a sign to a larger Free car park behind the pay car park - don't be caught out. From the car park we walked back through the village along Church Street to The Square. From The Square we took a lane called Lydgate and after about 50m we came to the Lydgate Graves on the right of the lane, dating from the period of the plague in Eyam in 1666.

My wife and I are spending this weekend with a group of friends in a large holiday cottage near Alport in Lathkill Dale in the Derbyshire Peak District (well it's an old manor house fitted out with all mod cons including an operational hot tub in the courtyard!). We are all meeting at the 'cottage' later this afternoon so my wife and I drove to Eyam and parked in the large car park off Hawkhill Road off Church Street at map ref. SK216767.

Wall sundial & side view of the Saxon cross in Eyam Churchyard
Wall sundial & side view of the Saxon cross in Eyam Churchyard

The grave of Mary Derby  at Lydgate
The grave of Mary Derby at Lydgate

The site of the Derby family graves off Lydgate
The site of the Derby family graves off Lydgate

Nearing the end of Lydgate with the Mill Lane turning on the left
Nearing the end of Lydgate with the Mill Lane turning on the left

Path across the fields heading for Stoney Middleton
Path across the fields heading for Stoney Middleton

After about 500m we passed The Boundary Stone marking the limit of the quarantine area during the outbreak of the plague in 1665. Just beyond the Boundary Stone the path began a steep descent to the edge of Stoney Middleton.

We continued along Lydgate for another 100m. We passed the Mill Lane turning on the left to reach the end of Lydgate where a public footpath continued straight ahead across the fields.

Public footpath along a track from the end of Lydgate
Public footpath along a track from the end of Lydgate


The Boundary Stone between Eyam & Stoney Middleton

Path leaving Eyam behind to drop down to Stoney Middleton
Path leaving Eyam behind to drop down to Stoney Middleton

Approaching the road on the edge of Stoney Middleton
Approaching the road on the edge of Stoney Middleton

The road through Stoney Middleton
The road through Stoney Middleton

The octagonal nave of the church in Stoney Middleton
The octagonal nave of the church

The church is an interesting octagonal building built after a fire destroyed a much earlier church in the mid 1700's. We continued along The Nook, past an old village well that had been restored, to the end of the surfaced road at map ref. SE232755.

At the edge of Stoney Middleton the path joined a road that is the end of the Mill Lane track we had passed as we left Eyam. We followed the lane through Stoney Middleton along a street called The Bank. From The Bank we turned left to follow a street called The Nook that took us passed the village church.

The road through Stoney Middleton
The road through Stoney Middleton


The church of St Martin in Stoney Middleton

A restored well by the roadside
A restored well by the roadside

The start of the byway climbing up the hillside from Stoney Middleton
The start of the byway climbing up the hillside from Stoney Middleton

The byway climbing up the hillside from Stoney Middleton
The byway climbing up the hillside from Stoney Middleton

The old byway continued across the B6521
The old byway continued across the B6521

We crossed the road and continued along the same byway climbing up the hillside between the fields. After about 300m from the road we came to a gate across the byway where we paused to admire the view.

At the end of the surfaced road we turned left to follow a stony track (an old byway) climbing up the steep hillside. We continued up the track for about 400m to emerge onto the B6521 at a right-angle bend in the road.

The byway climbing up the hillside from Stoney Middleton
The byway climbing up the hillside from Stoney Middleton

The old byway continued across the B6521
The old byway continued across the B6521

Just below the woodland we paused to admire the view across the Derwent valley
Just below the woodland we paused to admire the view across the Derwent valley

The old byway continued up through the woodland
The old byway continued up through the woodland

The green under-wing of a yellow brimstone butterfly
The green under-wing of a yellow brimstone butterfly

A group of 7 trail-bikers passed us very quietly
A group of 7 trail-bikers passed us very quietly

I was impress with their very quiet bikes, the whole group causing little disturbance at all. We continued along the lane down towards Eyam. After about 200m we came to a stone wall enclosure in a field on the right of the lane. This is the site of the Riley Graves maintained by the National Trust.

After enjoying the view we continued, now following the byway through some woodland for another 200m to a metalled lane at map ref. SE230764. We paused here again the look at the view and check the map and as we stood there a group of seven trail bikers came up the old byway and gave us a friendly wave as they passed.

The old byway continued up through the woodland
The old byway continued up through the woodland

The old byway continued up through the woodland
The old byway continued up through the woodland

The Riley Graves enclosure
The Riley Graves enclosure

The Hancock family graves in Riley's field that they farmed - The Riley Graves maintained by the National Trust
The Hancock family graves in Riley's field that they farmed - The Riley Graves maintained by the National Trust

Plaque on the edge of Eyam giving directions to the Riley Graves
Plaque on the edge of Eyam giving directions to the Riley Graves

Reaching the edge of Eyam at a road called The Causeway
Reaching the edge of Eyam at a road called The Causeway

Following the footpath up through Hollowbrook Wood
Following the footpath up through Hollowbrook Wood

The path through Hollowbrook Wood leads to Edge Road
The path through Hollowbrook Wood leads to Edge Road

Mompesson's Well off Edge Road
Mompesson's Well off Edge Road

During the plague quarantine this was one of the sites where the villagers of Eyam left money in the stone water trough and collected supplies left by people from outside the village. From Mompesson's Well we returned along the road for about 1.2km back to the car park off Hawkhill Road and the end of the walk. The whole route had been 6km with some steep climbs and it had taken us a little over three hours to walk.

We continued along the lane down to the edge of Eyam village. We passed a plaque set in the top of a stone giving directions to the Riley Graves and a little further on we turned right along a short street to a footpath climbing up through Hollowbrook Wood. The woodland path led us to Edge Road at map ref. SE222770. We turned right to walk along Edge Road for about 250m to Mompesson's Well on the left hand side of the road.

Start of the footpath up through Hollowbrook Wood
Start of the footpath up through Hollowbrook Wood

Following the footpath up through Hollowbrook Wood
Following the footpath up through Hollowbrook Wood

Mompesson's Well off Edge Road
Mompesson's Well off Edge Road

Returning to Eyam along Edge Road
Returning to Eyam along Edge Road

The 'pay & display' car park in Eyam - the entrance to the free car park is just above it
The 'pay & display' car park in Eyam - the entrance to the free car park is just above it

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