Saturday 18 April 2015

Eyam Walk

Our walking group walk today was just simply stunning.
We assembled near the museum in the plague village of Eyam in Derbyshire - a very pretty little village with a lot of history.

 We only had time for a brief look around the village whilst waiting for other members to assemble.  Eyam Hall is now in the hands of the National Trust.  I haven't visited since they took over so I must pop back.  I did notice a sad decline in the number of independent tea rooms in the village though - I suppose that is the effect of the National Trust Cafe.
 The weather was perfect for the whole of our walk.  Blue skies, a nice breeze - perfect.
 I remember being told the story of the village and how they kept the plague contained here when I was at junior school and the story has always stuck with me.  All of the house affected still list the occupants on little plaques - so very moving.

 Our walk took us across fields and on green lanes.

 There are so many pretty villages around these parts.
 And stunning scenery.

 The Three Stags Heads pub is one to visit.  I think it has never changed since it first opened. It is 300 years old and a real amazing little place.  We called in for a swift half and a Pork Pie with Pickles.

 I took about a million photo's of lambs, but this was my favourite.  Don't they look cosy!

 Most of the walk was flat but we did have one very steep climb.
 This did however lead us to the most stunning views.

 I couldn't resist snapping this lonesome cloud.
 ....  and the patchwork fields...

I think we did about 8.5 miles today and I found it fairly easy going.  I may not be getting any thinner with all this walking (although Pork Pies don't help!!) but I feel as if I am getting much fitter.

It was about as perfect a walk as you could get and one I shall be repeating I am sure.


primrosesattic said...

What beautiful pictures and history.

ChrisJ said...

Home sick....! Such a beautiful area. The lamb photo is a delight.

Linda P said...

I was in Eyam on Thursday with family. It's a place I've been wanting to go to for ages and I'm still taking in the experience. You've captured the beauty of the countryside around there so well. It makes me want to go back as I know there's more to see.

Jacquie said...

Thank you for sharing such a stunning walk Diane....I love your photos and it looks like a beautiful part of the world.
Jacquie x

andamento said...

It looks wonderful, such a sad history to Eyam though. We're planning to go to the Peak District for our summer holidays so I'll be checking your blog for some places to visit!

Sue Hayton said...

Such lovely pictures! Haven't really been to Derbyshire since Mum died and I hadn't realised how much I missed it!

Rosie said...

Looks like a super walk, Diane. We were guilty of visiting the NT tea shop after we'd visited the Hall summer before last it is worth a visit though, the hall that is, the gardens are lovely. I picked up a leaflet of walks around Eyam a couple of weeks ago and we may think about doing one of them soon. Your photos are wonderful:)

Angel Jem said...

We had to visit Eyam one year because the Daughter was doing a history project. And I remember the classic Blue Peter history segments with watercolour illustrations that taught me so much. They had an Eyam one.

Katharine A said...

I remember hearing the story of Eyam as a child. Quite inspiring. I talked about it with my kids when were discussing Ebola. Love your lonesome cloud.

Curtise said...

Fantastic photos. I haven't been out to Eyam for a while, it's a lovely place to visit.
PS. Have you read Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks, about the plague at Eyam? xxx

Mac n' Janet said...

Looks like you had a beautiful walk, how interesting about the plague village.

Anonymous said...

I went to the Museum in Eyam, it was very moving indeed.

Love the lambs and the lone cloud.

Young at Heart said...

A fabulous way to get fit!!x

Unknown said...

What a gorgeous day out! Green and lush - and lots of lambs! I'm going to look up more history about this plague town. So much interesting history - yet so sad for the residents of the town.

Lisa said...

Simply stunning was right. Oh those views, the green of the fields and the blue of the sky, breathing in lots of fresh air, makes you happy to be alive.
Love the picture perfect duck pond as well as those lambs.
Lisa x

Thimble Fingers said...

I love Eyam, and spent a wonderful day there when I was a little girl and have never forgotten the story of the tragedy there. Your wonderful photos brought back some lovely memories.