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Eyam, Rileys Graves and Stoney Middleton Walk

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Eyam, Rileys Graves and Stoney Middleton Walk is a 5.3 kilometer loop trail located near Hope, Derbyshire, England that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips.

5.3 km
190 m

kid friendly


nature trips

trail running



historic site

A walk from the quiet village of Eyam, a village with an incredible story of tragedy, bravery and sacrifice. At the end of August 1665 bubonic plague arrived at the house of the village tailor, George Viccars, via a parcel of cloth from London. The damp cloth was hung out in front of the fire to dry, releasing the plague infested fleas and George Viccars became the first victim of the plague. The plague spread among the villagers and, on the advice of Rector William Mompesson, it was decided to hold the church services outdoors and that the villagers would stay within the confines of the village to minimize the spread of the disease. It was also agreed that families would bury their own dead. The plague ran from September 1665 to October 1666 and claimed at least 260 villagers. During the period of isolation, food and supplies were left for the villagers at Mompesson's Well and at the boundary stone, high up on the hills above the village. Goods were paid for by coins which were dipped in vinegar to disinfect them. On this walk you will need to negotiate a couple of uneven rocky paths, one of which is quite a steep descent. You will also climb a steep grassy section at Stoney Middleton which can be slippery if wet. You will pass through several gates and a few squeeze stiles. Some sections are muddy after wet weather and some of the fields could be holding livestock. The Hall at Eyam is open to the public and is run by the National Trust (Charges apply). There is also a museum opposite the car park that tells the story of the plague (charges apply). Toilets can be found in the car park or at the Eyam Hall Site.

5 days ago

Great walk, informative too! Do able for all the family, just watch out for the off roaders when you go down the bumpy track after the sign posts!

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