This Eyam Moor walk boasts stunning moorland views, and then descends into woodland along Highlow Brook and climbs up again through open pastures. It’s a lovely walk for families with kids age 5+ (not suitable for prams). It can get rather gusty on the moorland, yet it is sheltered in the valley, so wear layers, and can be muddy underfoot, so ensure everyone is wearing hiking boots with good grip and put kids in waterproof trousers.
If you are planning a visit to the National Park, please arrive early or late in the day to avoid crowds, and respect social distancing. Please also take all litter home with you, don’t bring BBQs and park your car in designated parking areas.
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PARKING: There is free designated parking at Sir William Hill Rd Parking, which is essentially a gravel verge off a track. When parking ensure you’re not blocking the main stile across to the Eyam Moor walk, and that there is enough room for tractors to pass. If you arrive before 10 am, you should find no problems parking.
WALK HIGHLIGHTS: Expansive moorland views over to Hathersage, and on a clear day you can see Stanage Edge. Also a quiet walk, we only seem to pass a few hikers or trail runners on this Eyam Moor walk.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE: Without kids, this is a 1.5 – 2 hour walk. However, with stops along the way and the fact that the second half of the walk involves a steep ascent in places, allow for 3 hours with younger kids.
TOTAL ASCENT: 262 metres
PUBLIC TOILETS: There are no public toilets on this walk. The closest toilets are in the village of Eyam.
What to expect
Start the walk by climbing the large stile over to Eyam Moor and follow the footpath with the wall on your right. As you reach the brow of the hill you can see Hathersage to the right. It’s rather exposed here so visibility can be poor and it’s often windy.
Keep following the footpath down until you reach this gate below. I love this view. It’s my favourite view on the walk.
Take the stile over the wall to the left of the gate and follow the footpath round to the right. The footpath then descends steeply downwards in to woodland until you reach Highlow Brook.
From this point, the remainder of the walk gradually ascends, so make sure you have snacks at the ready! Follow the path to the left with the brook on your right. The footpath then takes you over the brook and this is a nice shady space for a lunch stop.
Just 100 metres from where you cross the brook, two footpaths cross. Take the sharp left that goes alongside the remains of a building, as seen to the left of the below photo.
Keep climbing up until you reach a wide gravel track. Turn left and follow until you meet the road, from where you turn left again and follow the track (Sir William Hill Road) that leads you back to the start again. On this last stretch you pass a trig point. From this trig point, you finally start walking downhill again.
After your walk
If the kids aren’t too tired after the walk and you fancy a bite to eat, head in to the village of Eyam to visit either the Tea Rooms or the Miner’s Arms.
With it’s dark history centred around the bubonic plague in the seventeenth century, Eyam is a fascinating place to explore. Although be warned that the subject matter of death may be rather sensitive for some children. Check out these things to do in Eyam. But in summary, Eyam Museum is a good place to start your visit and learn about the history of the village. Small plaques also stand outside cottages detailing the names, ages, and date of death of those individuals who died in that specific home during the plague, and there are grave sites to visit.
For affordable family accommodation in Eyam, check out the YHA Eyam.
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