The Peak Pilgrimage

The Peak Pilgrimage is a long distance walk, between Ilam and Eyam, designed to be enjoyed by all. The pilgrimage trail was 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.