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Peak Pilgrimage

Derbyshire, Staffordshire

53 km / 33 miles
The Peak Pilgrimage is a long distance walk, between Ilam and Eyam, designed to be enjoyed by all and is a new pilgrimage trail set up to mark the 350th anniversary of the plague linking two village afflicted by the plaque. Eyam has a sense of being a holy place because of the sacrifice of its people in 1665 when they refused to flee in the face of the plague that arrived from London in a consignment of cloth for the village tailor. Led by the rector, their self-sacrifice motivated by their Christian faith saved the surrounding area but cost about a third of them their lives. There are higher mountains, steeper tracks and greater walking challenges in other parts of Britain, but nowhere is the walking more lovely, relaxing, accessible and soul-restorative than in the Peak District National Park. So this is a journey for anyone who likes walking, and it can simply be enjoyed at that level. But it has an added twist this is also a pilgrimage walk designed as a spiritual experience. This is neither dreary nor frightening because pilgrimages are meant to be fun!

There is a described variant along Froggatt Edge.


Path Type: Other Paths
Attributes: Challenging
National Park
Start: SK132507 - Ilam, Derbys, Staffordshire View on StreetMap
Finish: SK217764 - Eyam, Derbyshire View on StreetMap
Open Date: 2015
Web Sites: Peak Pilgrimage Peak Pilgrimage Walk [YouTube video]

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook Peak Pilgrimage  (Eyam Parish Church  - 2015 )
External download Peak Pilgrimage Information Leaflet  (Eyam Parish Church  - 2016 ) Download


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53.8 km (33.4 miles)
1,306 m (4,285 ft) ascent
360 m (1,181 ft)  maximum height

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