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The Route - Kilometre 181 to the End

Kilometre 181 (Mile 113) Great Hucklow

Great Hucklow is the gliding centre of Derbyshire. There is a website for the Derbyshire & Lancashire Gliding Club

Well dressings are held here during August when two wells are dressed. The first Great Hucklow Well Dressing took place in 1987 and was sited, as now, on the village green. Great Hucklow introduced a Children's Well in 2004, now located in Dirty Lane near the Old Chapel. The Great Hucklow Well Dressings are not built around wells due to "health and safety" considerations. See the comprehensive list of well dressings which includes other villages and towns within the Peak District National Park and many outside the Peak National Park.

With around 100 inhabitants, Great Hucklow is an active community with many events throughout the year. For other events, please see the Great Hucklow Events page.

View from CarThe road slowly climbs out of Great Hucklow and onto Eyam Edge. Once on the top, you can see right along Eyam Edge which is slightly to the right of the road. It is worth stopping along this road to admire the views and take photographs.

After 1 kilometre (0.6 miles) along the top of Eyam Edge, at a sort of T junction bear left and slightly uphill. (The other road goes down to Foolow).

In a further 1.1 kilometres (0.7 miles) the road ahead says "Unsuitable for Motors", so follow the road as it performs a 90 degree right turn.

In a further 1.6 kilometres (1 miles) is a T junction. 50 metres up the lane on the left is Mompesson's Well. This was where the villagers from nearby Eyam placed their money to purchase food during the Great Plague of 1665-66. There is no sign to indicate that Mompesson's Well is here, but it is signposted from within Eyam village.

Turn right at this T junction to Eyam.

1 kilometre (0.7 miles) later, as Eyam is entered, park in the car park on the left.

Kilometre 188 (Mile 117) Eyam

Prices are 20p for 1 hour; 80p 1 to 3; £2 over 3 hours. There are public conveniences here and adjacent to the car park is a children's play area.

Refreshments can be obtained from the tea rooms.

Clock FaceDetails on Eyam, which is renowned for the courage of its inhabitants during the Great Plague of 1665-66, can be found on the Eyam Page.

From the car park turn left down the hill and turn left in 40 metres at the T junction signposted to Eyam Hall. 300 metres after the church there is a Give Way. Turn right here towards Bakewell. In a further 600 metres, the A623 is reached. Turn left here towards Baslow and Chesterfield.

In 800 metres Stoney Middleton is reached. The vertical cliff face on the left has the imaginative name of The Cliff!

Stoney Middleton has 3 wells for its Well Dressings which start on the last Saturday in July. See the comprehensive list of well dressings which includes other villages and towns within the Peak District National Park and many outside the Peak National Park.

In 1.5 kilometres (0.9 miles) the Calver traffic lights are reached.

Kilometre 191 (Mile 119) Calver

At the Calver traffic lights turn right onto the B6001 towards Bakewell.

View from CarJust after the lights, and on the left hand side is a superb view of (from left to right) Curbar and Baslow Edges.

Kilometre 194 (Mile 120) Hassop

As Hassop is entered follow the sign for Rowland and Great Longstone.

View from CarHassop is another unspoilt Derbyshire village. After the bend Hassop Hall is on the left. It is a Jacobean Hall surrounded by a high stone wall and is also a hotel and restaurant.

The countryside around here has the look of New Zealand with its green meadows.

1.2 kilometres (1.7 miles) after Hassop Hall the road bends round to the right.

In 1.1 kilometres (0.7 miles) the church with a tower in Great Longstone is passed. At the T junction 100 metres later turn right, There are no signposts at this junction, but there is a confirmatory sign 300 metres later on showing the road going to Little Longstone and Monsal Dale.

Little Longstone is entered 200 metres later. It is a very small settlement comprising of a few isolated building.

After leaving Little Longstone the next road junction is at the Monsal Head Hotel which is directly in front. Turn left at this T junction towards Ashford on the B6465. Immediately after the junction is the car park exit followed by the car park entrance. Turn into this car park which is not clearly signposted at this point.

Kilometre 198 (Mile 123) Monsal Head

Prices are 1 hour 20p; up to 3 hours 80p; above 3 hours £2. There are public conveniences here.

Get out of car for a short walkOn the opposite side of the Monsal Head Hotel from the car park is one of the best views in the country. It is the Monsal Head viaduct.

The Monsal Head Hotel can arrange 1 to 4 hour circular walks from the hotel with the added bonus of a meal when you return.

From the car park turn right. Ashford is reached in 1.4 kilometres (0.9 miles).

Kilometre 200 (Mile 124) Ashford in the Water

600 metres (0.4 mile) after entering Ashford, turn left at the Give Way towards Matlock and Buxton.

Get out of car for a short walkAshford in the Water is an ancient settlement mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 and is a village worth wandering around. It has a unique sheepwash bridge across the River Wye. This is a bridge with a sheep dipping enclosure at one end. Another bridge in Ashford is dated 1664.

The village became famous in the 19th century through the mining and carving of Ashford black marble. This stone is still used today, by master craftsman Edward Fisher, as a base for Blue John objects. In the village church there is a fine table make from Ashford black marble.

The present size of the parish population is around 540. There are two hotels, an inn, a tea room, post office and a local store.

Well dressings are held here for the week commencing on Trinity Sunday. In 2005 the Blessing Service will be Sunday 22 May 2005 3 pm in Holy Trinity Church, followed by procession around wells. The six wells will be dressed from 21st to 29th May. See the comprehensive list of well dressings which includes other villages and towns within the Peak District National Park and many outside the Peak National Park.

When the A6020 is reached 100 metres later turn right towards Matlock and Buxton and in a further 200 metres the A6 is met. Turn left here towards Matlock and Derby and follow the A6 back to into Bakewell.

Kilometre 203 (Mile 126) Bakewell

You have now come full circle or should I say 'figure of 8' so welcome to THE END of your tour.

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