This walk is approximately 10 kilometres over a mixture of gritstone moorland and deep valleys, starting and finishing at the Barrel Inn in Bretton, a spectacular viewpoint overlooking Foolow and Wardlow Mires.
Start from near the pub, which is dated 1537 and is a nice place for a drink or lunch on a sunny day. Walk for about 1 kilometre west along the narrow road which takes the crest of the ridge until a path comes up steeply on the left from Foolow, and there is a stile in the right wall. Go over this stile and down a very steep descent to a small footbridge over Bretton Brook. Continue along the path, which goes uphill nearly as steeply as it descended, and over a stile to emerge on a narrow road near to Abney Grange farm.
The large tree at Oak Farm is a sycamore, but never mind - take a stile across a fence just below the farm and follow the track below to eventually join the narrow road which leads up to Abney. Cross the road and another stile to take a diagonal line across the field below. A further stile leads to a tree-covered path which emerges at a small footbridge across Highlow Brook - this is known as Stokes Ford.
From here there are several possible routes. The main path turns right and follows the wall steadily uphill past a wood, to reach a gate and stile in the wall. It then crosses the wall and follows a broad track across fields to eventually reach a stile and a crossroads. Straight on leads to the road from whence a right turn leads directly back to the Barrel Inn. Right takes a cart track round the back of Bretton and a rather more circuitous route back to the Inn to complete the walk.
A slightly longer alternative from the edge of Eyam Moor is to head directly up the hillside on a rather faint path which emerges just to the east of the summit of Sir William Hill with its TV mast. This is a fine viewpoint, and if you turn right along the track it leads directly back to Bretton.