Welcome . . .

Welcome . . .

…to everyone who shares my passion for the magical Goyt Valley, close to Buxton in the Peak District National Park.

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Protect the rhododendrons

Protect the rhododendrons

The recent news that the Forestry Commission will be removing what remains of the rhododendrons around the ruins of Errwood Hall is a great shame. But I’m not sure what we can do about it.

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Powder Mill Bridge

Powder Mill Bridge

A recently discovered photo shows the Powder Mill Bridge which now lies under Fernilee Reservoir. It would have been an important crossing point over the Goyt for local workers and families.

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Shawstile holloway

Shawstile holloway

The felling of the fir trees above Fernilee has opened up some wonderful views across the valley. I was curious about some tracks running up from the path along the opposite side of the reservoir.

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Fernilee footpath reopened

Fernilee footpath reopened

Great to see the footpath along the western shore of Fernilee has finally reopened. And the clearing of large swathes of densely-packed fir trees has revealed some well-hidden features.

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ebay postcard gallery

ebay postcard gallery

I’ve added a new image gallery to the website, showing some of the old postcard views of the Goyt Valley that regularly pop up on ebay. It makes a fascinating visual record of this wonderfully scenic spot.

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Clearing the views

Clearing the views

What a wonderful transformation the tree-felling has made to the views across Fernilee Reservoir. I think it’s the best thing that’s happened in the valley for a very long time.

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The ‘loveliest drive’

The ‘loveliest drive’

I managed to solve the question of whether the road from Goyt’s Bridge to Fernilee went through the gunpowder mill. But posed another with a photo of the mill entrance that just doesn’t seem right.

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Farming in the valley

Farming in the valley

Bill Brocklehurst has lived and farmed in and around the Goyt Valley for most of his life. A recently published book includes a brief profile of a man who knows the land like the back of his hand.

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Fernilee: a video history

Fernilee: a video history

Just uploaded to YouTube – a brief history of the construction of Fernilee Reservoir, including film of the 1932 inauguration ceremony, the gunpowder mill, suspension bridge and lost farmhouses.

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Errwood Hall drive

Errwood Hall drive

A rare discovery: a postcard from the early 1900s shows the drive from Goyt’s Bridge up to the Grimshawe family’s grand country house, Errwood Hall. It’s a very different scene today!

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Recording a brutal murder

Recording a brutal murder

Macclesfield’s Talking Newspaper brings to life the story of William Wood’s brutal murder on the road between Whaley Bridge and Disley in 1824. The culprits narrowly escaped capture in the town.

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Fernilee footpath closed

Fernilee footpath closed

The footpath along the western shoreline of Fernilee Reservoir has been closed for forestry work. It’s not likely to reopen before mid-November. So I’ve had to update a few of the walks on this website.

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Young lady drivers

Young lady drivers

A photo of two young ladies dressed in mourning posing on an early motor car outside Errwood Hall has always intrigued me. A ‘Then & Now’ fade shows the scene today.

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PRoW campaign update

PRoW campaign update

A bulging folder of evidence forms shows there’s considerable support for the campaign to have a section of the old Cromford & High Peak Railway track recognised as a public right of way.

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Sandy Lane gateposts

Sandy Lane gateposts

A couple of sturdy stone gateposts near the top of Old Goyt’s Lane once guarded access onto the track of the Bunsall Incline; the steep slope that today forms the main route into the valley.

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Gail’s Goyt’s Bridge cards

Gail’s Goyt’s Bridge cards

Two very similar postcard views of Goyts Bridge are probably separated by only a few years, but reveal a massive change in fortunes for this wonderfully scenic spot beside the Goyt.

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Laughing water

Laughing water

A 1948 article describing a walk through the Goyt Valley, from Whaley Bridge to Buxton, makes fascinating reading. It also reveals that I’d got the position of the suspension bridge completely wrong.

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Over the hills

Over the hills

An inquest into a fatal accident on the Cromford & High Peak Railway in 1877 ruled that passengers could no longer be carried on the line. A writer describes one of the last journeys, riding on the ‘Fly’.

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