Church rambling group from St Paul's Church, Heaton Moor, Stockport. Meet second Saturday in the month except January. Anybody is welcome to join our group. Contact details posted in church or go to church website: http:http://www.stpaulsheatonmoor.org.uk/walking-group/
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Eyam Peak District - Saturday 8th June 2019
lovely walk, but the blustery wind and the rain ever present in the
air did its best to put us off. However the intrepid walkers from St
Paul’s donned boots, rain jackets scarves and hats and set off from
the car park near the museum. In the event, the solid downpours on
the Manchester side of the Pennines left us alone.
is often referred to as the Plague Village. During the 17th century
the villagers isolated themselves from the outside world as they were
decimated by the dreadful disease that killed off whole families in
saw the evidence of this as soon as we began to walk through the
village as too many of the 17th century cottages have plaques listing
the names of those who had died.
walk took us out to the east of the village up a steep quiet road
until we reached more open country. We were rewarded with wonderful
views but also with the bleakness and isolation of the Riley Graves.
As we began our descent to the River Derwent we could see Curbar Edge
and Froggatt Edge in the distance. We then walked south along the
river, having first looked at Froggatt bridge which has arches of
turned west away from the river and climbing upwards on footpaths we
reached Stoney Middleton. This village is on a route to Sheffield and
Chesterfield and many people think it looks gloomy from the road as
they whizz through it. Approaching as we did, it emerges as a
beautiful ancient village. We passed the ‘alleged’ Roman Baths
before visiting the unusual Church of St Martin which is octagonal
and one of only two such churches in the country. From the village it
was a bit of a pull upwards to the Boundary Stone. During the Plague
food was left here for the Eyam villagers to collect without
contacting the ‘outside world’.
were soon back in Eyam and the welcoming warmth (and Cakes!) of the
Eyam tea rooms.
is well worth a visit as is Stoney Middleton.
The first walk of the 2017 season started from the Pack Horse Inn, Birtle on the lower slopes of the Pennines above Heywood. On a cold wet windy Saturday we set off from the Inn to follow the road north on a long steady climb to the hamlet of Birtle where we then turned to follow the path along the edge of Ashworth Valley. Unfortunately from the top the views over Lancashire were obscured by cloud and mist but the views of the wooded valley with Cheesden Brook running through provided some compensation.
We made a detour from the route to visit Nabs Wife the site of the former Tea room and weaving mill known as Kershaws Bridge. The site is now occupied by a private dwelling although the old mill yard is still evident. From here we continued along the edge of the valley before turning to take the path across fields to return to the start point and a long leisurely lunch in the pub!
In January we do not have an organised walk because of the unpredictable weather and the absence of members on holiday. However, this year we decided to meet for a pub lunch which was extended to coffee at the National Trust Visitor Centre, a walk in the park and a long lunch at the Axe & Cleaver in Dunham Massey.
Eleven members turned up in the coffee shop and after a refreshing cup of coffee we sorted ourselves out into two groups. Those who felt like a longer trek around the grounds set off on a brisk 5km walk. The remainder opted for a leisurely stroll around the gardens which even in winter time are full of interest. Photographs showing the garden can be found below.
Everyone enjoyed their selected walk and we all met up again at the pub for an excellent lunch. It was agreed that we should repeat this type of event next year.