Eyam Moor & Bretton Clough

The Peak District National Park was created in 1951, the first national park in the UK. Walking in the Peak District can be quite varied, with the more gentle limestone dales of the White Peak and the higher, gritstone moors of the Dark Peak, meaning there’s something for everyone.

Eyam Moor & Bretton Clough

Most hikes from Hathersage take you towards the popular Stanage Edge, but if you want to avoid the crowds this walk is for you! You’ll get great views, a variety of terrain, and a feeling of getting away from it all.

After a short section of road walking as you leave the village, the walk passes through fields and woodlands, gradually climbing with good views across the Hope Valley. Reaching Highlow Hall, it’s then a grassy descent to the wooded Bretton Clough.

Leaving the clough, you have a section of rougher moorland walking on  faint paths to bring you up to a main path that leads across to Sir William Hill Road.  At this point, the walk turns north east and enjoys a fabulous, gentle descent across Eyam Moor, giving outstanding views across to Higger Tor and Froggatt Edge. It’s a real delight. Finally, you descend through fields back to Hathersage.

The walk is fairly undulating, with one ascent in particular being steeper and on rougher, moorland ground, but the rest is generally on good paths.

Walk Details

Distance – 10.4km or 6.4 miles

Ascent – 400 metres or 1312 feet.

Terrain – Mostly good tracks and paths with easier ascents, but one section of steeper moorland walking.  

Getting There

If driving, there’s a Pay and Display opposite the outdoor swimming pool. Other than that, there’s street parking. The bays on the main street are limited to 40 minutes only.

The walk is also accessible by bus from Buxton, Bakewell and Sheffield, with stops close to the car park. Click here for more information on bus routes and times. Train is also possible – see National Rail for times.

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