Saturday, 14 November 2009

Eyam and me ...

I was in Eyam on the 21st October 2009, looking at my teashop walk from there.

Never use a house name as a marker, as in "turn right immediately beyond 'Fairholme' ". A new owner may change its name to Scrumpy Acres ... or something.

It was midweek and autumn and the usual horde of walkers were nowhere to be seen.

The route of the walk crosses the fields towards Foolow. On its way the path dips into Linen Dale ...

Eyam and me ~ 21st October 2009

I always thought 'Eyam' was pronounced 'ee-um' but no ... it's 'eem' ...

Eyam and me ~ 21st October 2009

Entering Foolow along the lane I hoped I might see the homemade sign warning motorists to beware of the duckpond ducks but no, there's an official sign now ...

Eyam and me ~ 21st October 2009

  The Victorian postbox is no longer available for the collection of letters but has been retained for posterity.

Eyam and me ~ 21st October 2009

No photos of the village pond [I need to get a wider angle lens] but St. Hugh's Church caught my eye. According to the interpretation panel the church was originally a smithy but in the late 19th century it held its first service. St Hugh was born in the 12th century [not around here I hasten to add] and pictures of him usually show him accompanied by a swan ~ you can nip along to Foolow to read the panel to learn more about him.

Eyam and me ~ 21st October 2009

I took the footpath to Grindlow. Once, when we were writing the book, there were paving stones along the side of this green lane ... a real feature. Now, unless they're buried under the grass, they appear to hae gone. Have they been taken up ?

Eyam and me ~ 21st October 2009

I didn't go right into Grindlow but swung left towards Silly Dale. At the entrance to the dale [if I could call it that] there's a warning for our friends who like to explore these old green lanes using things mechanical ...

Eyam and me ~ 21st October 2009

Although it may look as though you're going to end up in someone's garden, the bridleway actually passes to the left of this bungalow ...

Eyam and me ~ 21st October 2009

Silly Dale, like Linen Dale, is dry and rather featureless. Looking back you can see the bungalow recently passsed with the buildings of Grindlow in the background.

Eyam and me ~ 21st October 2009

Once I had reached Stanley House I turned left. Three or four fields later I met a man taking his fifteen stone Bull Mastiff for a walk. He assured me that the dog was friendly and when I offered the back of my hand for him [the dog] to have a sniff, he wiped his slobber right across the sleeve of my fleece ...

Eyam and me ~ 21st October 2009

... lovely.

Brosterfield Farm is being improved, developed. The farm buildings are being renovated and rebuilt. Is someone going to be selling them off as  desirable country homes ?  Another farm  broken up ? 

It appears not ... a couple of holiday lets have resulted from the renovations ...

At Housley I started to follow Tideswell Lane back to Eyam. A few yards along it this caught my eye ...

Eyam and me ~ 21st October 2009

I wonder if everyone will take note ?

Walking along Tideswell Lane [it's basically a walled track] I heard a call from a chap in a barn to my left. He was asking if I could lend him a hand for a minute or two ...

It turned out that his hay baler had got a bit of a problem and he wanted me to hold the baler twine whilst he [by hand] turned over the mechanism. The job was soon done and he thanked me. I said it was good that a walker could help a farmer and he replied [with a smirk] "Ad a asked any bugger that were passin' ".

I met another man, a local dog walker, who stood and talked with me for the best part of twenty minutes. Then we bid farewell and I walked back into Eyam ...

Eyam and me ~ 21st October 2009

 Date of walk ~ 21st October 2009

Length of walk ~ 6 1/4 miles.

Total since 1st September 2009 ~ 68 3/4 miles

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