A party of 12 and Poppy assembled on a cold and wintry morning, and we left Eyam to follow snow-covered field paths to the deserted village of Foolow. Deserted perhaps because of a sign which was spotted on the village green which read ‘Beware – Ducks’. Was this a warning to all visitors, using the familiar Northern term of endearment, or were the local dabblers really so vicious at this time of year, we wondered? The duckpond was frozen, its inhabitants nowhere to be seen.
On reaching Grindlow, we took advantage of a bench, a grit bin and snow covered verges on which to sit and take a break, before heading through Rose Farm and up to the road on Hucklow Edge. This road has once again been closed due to likely subsidence, but at the barriers our route led us down a tricky hillside into Bretton Clough. One of our party decided that poly-bagging was the easiest form of descent, but was brought to an abrupt halt by steps in the path hidden beneath the snow!
We meandered through a winter wonderland of snow covered birches to a clearing where we stopped for lunch, and the weak sun almost succeeded in breaking through the low mist. A short climb up to Nether Bretton followed and we joined the ice covered road as far as the hamlet of Highcliffe. From here a track down through the woods brought us back to our starting point.
A good winter’s walk of 6.5 miles, very few views but no shortage of ‘atmosphere’.
Thanks to all who came along.