…to everyone who shares my passion for the magical Goyt Valley, close to Buxton in the Peak District National Park.
There are some wonderful walks in and around the Goyt Valley. I’ve included some personal favourites.
A unique community vanished beneath the two reservoirs. Here’s the story in both words and pictures.
I’ve made a start at adding the final three houses to the the list of those demolished in the 1930s, following the purchase of the Errwood Estate by Stockport Corporation to build the twin reservoirs.
One of the graves at the Grimshawe’s hill-top cemetery has always intrigued me. Elizabeth Braddock was just 19 when she died. She must have earned a special place in the hearts of the Grimshawe sisters.
It’s now a year since the Forestry Commission started cutting down great swathes of larch in the valley. It opened up some wonderful views, but it doesn’t seem they will last long.
The mystery over the fencing that appeared along the old railway track seems to have been solved. A display board explains that it’s part of a scheme to reintroduce sheep.
The Forestry Commission has begun the second phase of tree felling in the valley to tackle the outbreak of phytofra, this time to the west and south of Errwood Reservoir.
Could some large niches carved into a small area of exposed rock opposite Errwood Hall be evidence of a shelter – or perhaps even a shrine used by the staunchly catholic Grimshawes?
I recently came across a book called ‘Pictures in Colour of Buxton and the Peak District’. Published in the early 1900s, it includes three photos taken in and around the Goyt Valley.
A recording of a recent 40-minute Zoom presentation on the history of the Goyt Valley using some of the many photos and maps I’ve managed to collect over the years for this website.
My favourite walking app, ViewRanger, is being taken over by a new one – OutdoorActive. I’ve transferred all the Goyt Valley walks over, so I’m hoping it’s as reliable as the old app.
Starting from Buxton’s famous Crescent, this walk passes through both the Pavilion Gardens and Serpentine Walks before rising up to Burbage Edge, along the southeast border of the Goyt Valley.
It’s sad to see that the picturesque packhorse bridge at Goytsclough has been closed due to some of the stonework collapsing into the Goyt. I’m hoping United Utilities don’t take long to repair it.
It’s easy to miss this lime kiln, near the southern tip of Errwood Reservoir. Coal from a nearby pit fired the kiln, reducing limestone to lime, which was used both as a fertiliser and to make mortar.
The mystery of Tunstead Dickie’s skull, as told by Clifford Rathbone in 1955. This mysterious artefact, accredited with ghostly properties, seems to have completely vanished.
Joe Brown died last year, acknowledged as one of Britain’s finest mountaineers. In the early ’60s Joe created an orienteering course in and around the Goyt Valley, known as ‘Joe Brown’s Numbers’.
Clifford Rathbone’s ‘Goyt Valley Story’ was first published in 1955 as a collection of articles written for the Macclesfield Express. The complete book is now available to read in full as a pdf.
The sad story of how Robert Edge, a worker at Goytsclough Paint Mill, came to lose his life on his way home from Buxton in 1860. The coroner recorded a verdict of ‘Died from the inclemency of the weather’.
For anyone who’s tried in vain to track down Gerald Hancock’s ‘Goyt Valley Romance’, it’s now available to read in full on this website. Along with his slightly shorter first edition.
Professional photographer Neil O’Connor has just posted a stunning video of a Goyt Valley walk from Pym Chair on YouTube. Just a pity about the grey-haired bloke that appears about half way through!