Please be aware that YOU are responsible for your own health and safety on this club trip to Derbyshire.
All participation in the organised rides are undertaken entirely at your own risk and no responsibility can be taken by NCTC for any physical, mental or emotional injury suffered by any participant on the trip. By taking part each participant accepts full responsibility for their own safety and well-being. NCTC will not accept responsibility or liability in respect of any loss, theft or damage to personal property or effects. If in doubt about these terms, please seek professional advice not connected to NCTC before participating.
You are responsible for your own first aid and most of all if you have prescriptions (such as asthma, allergies, and other medical conditions…) you must bring them with you on this trip if necessary and inform us of this.
We have checked the routes and have done our very best to make sure they are suitable for our club members. Although all of the routes have been checked, there may be an occasion where it is not possible to complete or we divert from our intended course due to recent flooding / fallen trees / blockage etc. If any changes to the routes are required you will be informed as soon as possible and the website will be updated to reflect this.
Trip details, including full route details, will be available during August and will be emailed to all registered members.
As in previous years, we have full rider support for the weekend rides. Chris from Suffolk Cycle Works will be with us over the whole weekend, so if your bike needs a last minute look over you can call him on 07805 506469 or at the workshop on 01638 730342 and mention you'll be on the Derbyshire trip.
The history of the "bring out your dead" plague in the village of Eyam began in 1665 when allegedly a flea-infested bundle of cloth arrived from London for the local tailor.Within a week his assistant George Vicars was dead and more began dying in the household soon after. As the disease spread, the villagers turned for leadership to their rector, the Reverend William Mompesson, and the Puritan Minister Thomas Stanley. These introduced a number of precautions to slow the spread of the illness from May 1666. They included the arrangement that families were to bury their own dead and relocation of church services to the natural amphitheatre of Cucklett Delph, allowing villagers to separate themselves and so reducing the risk of infection. Perhaps the best-known decision was to quarantine the entire village to prevent further spread of the disease.
The plague ran its course over 14 months and one account states that it killed at least 260 villagers, with only 83 surviving out of a population of 350. The church in Eyam has a record of 273 individuals who were victims of the plague. Survival among those affected appeared random, as many that remained alive had had close contact with those who died but never caught the disease. For example, Elizabeth Hancock was uninfected despite burying six children and her husband in eight days (the graves are known as the Riley graves after the farm where they lived). The unofficial village gravedigger, Marshall Howe, also survived despite handling many infected bodies.
Plague Sunday has been celebrated in the village since the plague's bicentenary in 1866 and now takes place in Cucklett Delph on the last Sunday in August.
Many of the buildings also have plaques giving details of their history and the part their inhabitants played in the Plague saga, notably the Plague Cottages, where the outbreak began, which are on the main street on the west side of the church. The village has one pub the Miner's Arms. This is dated 1630 and is the former meeting place of the Barmote Court, which dealt with lead mining disputes. It is also is reputed to be one of the most haunted buildings in Derbyshire!
We are booked in to the Soulville Steakhouse on the Friday evening at 6.30pm. This of course if completely optional, so here is a graphic of the various places you can eat very close to our hotel in Chesterfield.