You can take between three and seven days over the pilgrimage, staying somewhere new each night. Or you can complete it in a series of day trips.
You will need to order the Pilgrimage Guidebook from Eyam church – just click this ‘Guidebook’ link. This gives you all the details of the route and will be an entertaining and informative companion for you. It includes maps and photos and will also lead you into some spiritual reflections and conversations with your friends.
The walking route is almost entirely on footpaths through beautiful countryside. At times it is more challenging than the Peak Pilgrimage, but you will still be popping into occasional villages and passing lots of enticing pubs and cafes.
The route also manages to pass nine churches in Edale, Castleton, Bradwell, Hope, Bamford, Hathersage and Eyam . You are invited to pop into each one, have a look round and say a prayer. However, there is also a passport-style stamp in each church you can use to stamp a special page of your Guidebook and also a Bible verse to stick into it. Every pilgrim who arrives in Eyam with a Guidebook full of stamps and verses will receive a pilgrimage memento!
Please buy a guide book for every person who would like to stamp the pages and collect the verses and memento. If you have two children coming with you, family harmony may well depend on having two Guidebooks!
When you get to Eyam there will be lots to do both in the church and around the village.
Edale is served by regular trains from Sheffield and Manchester from where you can connect to the National Rail network. Eyam is on bus routes from Sheffield, Buxton, Bakewell and Chesterfield.
Luggage Transfers and Taxi Rides: Penny's Cars of Bamford can transfer your luggage between overnight stops or help you in other ways. Phone 07917710771 or 01433659363 or contact via the website www.pennyscars.co.uk.
There are youth hostels in Edale, Castleton, Hathersage and Eyam. There is also plenty of other accommodation in these places and in Bradwell, Bamford and Hope.