Hathersage Circular via Bretton Clough and Eyam walk

Rolling hills, drystone walls, deep wooded valleys,the Hope Valley, Eyam and Hucklow ridges, mining industrial heritage, Eyam, peat bogs (on a good path)

Length 22.2 km (13.8 mi), of which 7.8 km (4.8 mi) on tarmac or concrete. Cumulative ascent/descent: 614m.
For a shorter walk, see below Walk Options.
Toughness 9 out of 10. Time: 6 hours walking time. For the whole outing, including trains, sights and meals, allow at least 13 hours.
Maps OS Landranger Map: 110 (Sheffield & Huddersfield) OS Explorer Map: OL1 (The Peak District – Dark Peak Area)
Walk Notes

Centred on Hathersage, an attractive village in the Hope Valley surrounded by the ringed cliffs of the Stanage and Millstone edges as well as the ancient iron-age hill fort of Carl Wark and the distictive Higger Tor on Burbage Moor, this walks leads through some outstandingly beautiful scenery: delightful meadows with a jigsaw of drystone walls and other signs of small-scale livestock farming, rolling hills backed by open moorland and the deep wooded valleys of the Highlow Brook (one of the few remaining in the Peak District with the remains of ancient oakwoods) and the Bretton Clough with their fast flowing streams. You have magnificent views all day (weather permitting).

The middle part follows the geological fault line between the Dark and White Peak areas along the Eyam and Hucklow Edges with tremendous views into the Hope Valley and then descends through a wood into it, where you pass plenty of signs of its mining heritage: (now grassy) spoil heaps and fenced-off unstable ground suffering from subsidence.

You eventually reach the famous plague village of Eyam with its tea options. Rise up steeply from Eyam to cross the heathery blanket peat bog of Eyam Moor (along a clear path), and – after one last steep descent and partial re-ascent through a remote green valley – re-cross the Derwent River back into Hathersage.


Hathersage Station is on the Hope Valley Line from Manchester to Sheffield, with a journey time of 18 mins from Sheffield. Sheffield Station is the terminus of the Midland Main Line from London St. Pancras, with up to two trains per hour (journey time from 121 mins Mon-Sat, longer on Sundays).

Saturday Walkers’ Club: Take a train no later than 9.00 hours.

Walk Options

A Shortcut down from the Hucklow Edge to Foolow cuts out Great Hucklow, this cuts 2.2 km/1.3 mi and 61m ascent and is rated 8/10.
Buses from Great Hucklow, Foolow or Eyam to Sheffield or Hope enable a finish after 10.0 km/6.2 mi, 11.9 km/7.4 mi or 14.4 km/9.0 mi respectively: line 65 (Buxton to Sheffield Interchange, 7 buses Mondays to Saturdays and 3 on Sundays) and (from Foolow and Eyam only) line 66 (Baslow to Sheffield Interchange, 5 buses Mondays to Saturdays and 4 on Sundays) and (from Great Hucklow only) line 173 (Bakewell to Hope and Castleton, 4 buses per day).


The Barrel Inn Bretton, near Eyam, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S32 5QD (01433 630 856). The Barrel Inn is located 7.3 km/4.5 mi into the walk. Food served every day: 12.00-14.00 (-15.00 Sun) and evenings.
The Queen Anne Inn Main Street, Great Hucklow, Tideswell, Derbyshire, SK17 8RF (01298 871 246). The Queen Anne is located 9.8 km/6.1 mi into the full walk. Open 12.00-14.30 and 17.00-23.00 Tue-Thu and all-day Fri-Sun. Food served 12.00-14.30 and 18.00-20.00 Tue-Sun.
The Bulls Head Inn Foolow, near Eyam, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S32 5QR (01433 630 873). The Bulls Head is located 11.8 km/7.4 mi into the full walk (9.6 km/6.1 mi if walking the shortcut). Open Tue-Sat 12.00-15.00 and 18.30-23.00 and all-day Sun. Food served 12.00-14.00 and 18.30-21.00 Tue-Sat and 12.00-20.00 Sun.

With an early start, the tea options in Eyam come into play for lunch (see the pdf for details).

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