Packhorse bridge reopened

Packhorse bridge reopened

Above: It’s wonderful to see the picturesque packhorse bridge returned to its former glory, and reopened for walkers. The historic packhorse bridge that once lay in the heart of Goyt’s Bridge has finally been repaired and the barriers removed. It took...
1846 Goyt Valley plans

1846 Goyt Valley plans

Above: Fernilee Gunpowder Mill expanded significantly between 1846 and the late 1890s. The trees along the C&HPR track to the right also show that it had been abandoned. The detailed 1846 plans of the valley discovered by Alan Roberts for his research into the...
Railway mania part II

Railway mania part II

Above: The proposal to improve and extend the C&HPR was submitted in 1854, just 23 years after the line had been opened. Above: Bottom right is the exit of Burbage Tunnel and top left is the canal basin in Whaley Bridge. The yellow line is the original C&HPR...
Railway mania part I

Railway mania part I

Above: The proposed 1846 route of the MBMMJ railway would have cut right through the centre of Goyt’s Bridge. Above: Two of Alan’s books on local history; The Turnpike Roads Around Buxton and The Coal Mines of Buxton (co-authored with John Leach). My thanks to...
Goyt Recollections part III

Goyt Recollections part III

Above: The packhorse bridge with the stepping stones just visible over the Goyt after the surrounding farm houses and barns had been demolished, probably taken in the 1940s. The bridge would be saved and rebuilt further upstream in 1965, just before this part of the...
Goyt Recollections part II

Goyt Recollections part II

Above: The hamlet of Goyt’s Bridge which now lies under the waters of Errwood Reservoir. I’ve circled Errwood Hall in the distance. The large barn mentioned by Crichton may be the one at far right. I’m not sure when the photo was taken...
Goyt Recollections part I

Goyt Recollections part I

Above: A postcard view of the Cat & Fiddle that looks like it could have been taken in the 1950s – when Crichton published his book. I’ve circled the famous cat and fiddle carving which in those days lay above the door. Today it’s incorporated...
Long Hill closure

Long Hill closure

Above: The subsidence had got increasingly worse during the last year. Part of the road and stone wall eventually collapsed down the slope. (Photo by Chris Wilman.) A long section of the A5004 Long Hill road between Buxton and Whaley Bridge has been closed until the...
Windgather to Shining Tor

Windgather to Shining Tor

Above: The view from Windgather Rocks north towards Minninglow on the far horizon. Above: Click to play a ‘Relive’ of the walk, and use the expand button to view in full-screen. At 11 miles, this is one of the longest walks featured on the website. But the...
A ghostly encounter

A ghostly encounter

Above: Published in 1963, ‘Portrait of Peakland’ was one of many books written by Crichton Porteous on Derbyshire and the Peak District. This extract includes a ghostly apparition seen by two Errwood Hall maids in 1914. I wonder whether either of the two...