Bretton and Abney - Peak District (approx 4.25 miles)

Map: Sheet OL24 Peak District - White Peak area
Start: Barrel Inn, Eyam Edge (SK200779) - The pub car park is for patrons only, but there is a wide verge on which you can park. Alternatively there is plenty of room to park at 205778, where the walk leaves the road.
Route: This route follows clear tracks and paths to Bretton Brook, through Abney Clough to the hamlet of Abney. The walk then returns by re-crossing thr Brook and climbing back to Bretton.

From the Barrel Inn follow the road to the east for approx. a quarter of a mile, to a track on the left. Follow this track and go straight across at a junction of tracks, following the sign for Stoke Ford. Where the main track curves right to Stanage House, follow the path straight ahaead, with a plantation on your left. A little further on climb a steep, stone stile to enter a wood. Another stile takes you out of the wood onto moorland. Keep straight ahead where another path joins from the right.
As you follow the path, there are impressive views over Bretton Clough. Descend to a junction of paths and turn right, then almost immediately right again, to the bridge at Stoke Ford. Cross the bridge, and at a junction take the path leading left, signposted to Abney.

Follow this path for about thrree quarters of a mile, through Abney Clough, ascending to the road at the hamlet of Abney. Turn left and walk along the road until you see a signpost on the left for Nether Bretton.
Follow the signpost, which leads past Cockey Farm and down to Bretton Brook. The path is not always clear on the ground, but the direction to take across fields is signposted. Cross the bridge, and climb up the hill, where a path joins from the left, keep straight on.

The path leads between two buildings (the one on the left is derelict) to emerge on the road at Nether Bretton. Turn right and walk along the road to a junction. Turn left to return to the start, and perhaps call in the Barrel Inn for refreshment (as we did).

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