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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Drones above Curbar Edge

Drones above Curbar Edge

“Covid-19 is causing much ill-health. We cannot also let it bring about a historic shift in the relationship between the state and the people, in which the state’s power grows and people’s liberty diminishes.”

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The Goytsclough murders

The Goytsclough murders

Two young men brutally murdered, and one who just managed to escape a similar fate. It’s hard to believe this happened in picturesque Goytsclough, and well within living memory.

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Packhorse bridge photos

Packhorse bridge photos

I’ve just come across some wonderful photos of the old packhorse bridge on Flickr. I’m not sure when they were taken – perhaps in the ’30s or ’40s. The bridge now spans the Goyt about a mile upstream.

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‘Bunty’ – a special teacher

‘Bunty’ – a special teacher

Chris remembers ‘Bunty’ Sidebottom, a very special teacher at Fernilee Infant School: “She was extremely glamorous and had friends in high places in TV land: the BBC and Granada, Manchester.”

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Relief expedition on the way

Relief expedition on the way

An intriguing photo dated 27 February 1933 and titled ‘Goyt Valley Relief Expedition’ shows a number of horsemen carrying provisions to the valley from Buxton following a severe snowstorm.

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A summer’s day walk

A summer’s day walk

The previous video was photographed to capture the colours of autumn. This one was recorded during a gloriously warm and bright summer’s day. There’s also two versions to choose from.

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A chilled stroll to the valley

A chilled stroll to the valley

My attempt at a bit of slow-TV features a leisurely stroll from Buxton’s famous Opera House to the ancient packhorse bridge over the Goyt, backed by some of my favourite chilled jazz tracks.

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Rainow to Lamaload walk

Rainow to Lamaload walk

Starting from Rainow, walk 22 in the series is just under 10 miles, and crosses some fairly bleak moorland to reach the evocative ruins of Thursbitch, before returning alongside Lamaload Reservoir.

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Goyt Valley on ViewRanger

Goyt Valley on ViewRanger

All the walks on this website are now available on the ViewRanger app. Which should make following them a lot easier for anyone with a smartphone. Well that’s the theory!

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Lost in a snowstorm

Lost in a snowstorm

“He left Macclesfield on Sunday at about four o’clock in the afternoon, and when found at six o’clock on Monday evening – 26 hours later – he was snow-blind, inarticulate, and frozen…”

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Cat & Fiddle update

Cat & Fiddle update

It seems the Cat & Fiddle Inn, perched high on the moors beside the Buxton to Macclesfield road, has been saved. Which after a couple of years standing derelict and forlorn, is wonderful news.

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Taxal Church fades

Taxal Church fades

Three ‘then and now’ fades show a more positive side to Taxal’s Rev Evans, including the installation of six new and recast bells, the rebuilding of the chancel, and the expansion of the graveyard.

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Site’s back up

Site’s back up

It all happened just as I was working on another post about the Rev Sam Evans. I did wonder whether he’d managed to reach out from beyond the grave to exact his revenge.

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Rev Evans bound over

Rev Evans bound over

He delivered another blow, when witness seized hold of the rector and asked him how he dare strike a member of the congregation. The second blow struck a man who went between them.

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The pugilistic parson

The pugilistic parson

Amidst great uproar, Mr Nall said that “the Rector would see whether he was a coward or not”. The Rector’s reply was that he would “take Mr. Nall by the neck and remove him”…

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The remarkable rector

The remarkable rector

According to his 1922 obituary, Rev. Samuel Evans, rector at Taxal Church for 35 years, was ‘very brusque and had a staccato form of speech, which probably frightened children’.

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Goyt Valley booklet

Goyt Valley booklet

Published in the late 1970s, this pocket guide to the Goyt Valley contains some fascinating information, with topics ranging from rock formations to the Chilworth Gunpowder Mill.

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25ml Goyt Valley walk

25ml Goyt Valley walk

South Manchester’s Long Distance Walking Association recently held a 25-mile challenge through the Goyt Valley. My legs wouldn’t be up to it. But here’s the route for those built of sterner stuff.

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