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Just discovered in Buxton Museum’s collection; a late 19th century oil painting showing the highly popular view of Goyt’s Bridge, over the stepping stones towards the packhorse bridge.
Forestry England has recently closed off the popular parking areas at Goytsclough with a long row of large boulders in an attempt to stop what they call ‘antisocial behaviour’.
A photo taken back in late August 2022, when the water level in Errwood Reservoir dropped significantly, revealed the path running down to the second set of stepping stones.
A 1918 photo taken from Goyt’s Lane towards Goytshead Farm comes frustratingly close to revealing a second set of stepping stones close to the packhorse bridge in Goyt’s Bridge.
Four photos have been discovered of Goyt’s Bridge, taken by a Canadian nurse in 1918. They include both bridges as well as a wonderful view across the now-drowned hamlet.
A detailed map published in 1832 for the sale of land in the Goyt Valley is the oldest I’ve seen. It must have been at this auction that Samuel Grimshaw purchased the land on which he’d build Errwood Hall.
It’s good to see that the fencing around the ruins of Errwood Hall has finally been removed and visitors are again free to wander around this historic site. I just hope we can keep the vandals away.
The mystery of the vanished footbridge along the path around the ruins of Errwood Hall deepens. I’m just hoping Forestry England will replace it. But their silence makes me fear for the worst.
United Utilities has announced that they will ban grouse shooting in the valley from 2027, ending a sporting tradition which has taken place for centuries. The decision has caused a great deal of controversy.
A couple of photos recently discovered on ebay show the southern end of the tunnel on the disused Cromford & High Peak Railway line being blocked off, probably sometime in the early ’60s.
It’s sad to see that the recent spate of vandalism at the ruins of Errwood Hall has meant that they’ve now been fenced off for a couple of months whilst Forestry England make the necessary repairs.
Forestry England are fencing off the ruins of Errwood Hall to repair the damage caused by a recent spate of vandalism. I’m not sure how long it will take and will update this page when I hear more.
Walk 28 circuits both Fernilee and Errwood Reservoirs. It’s a perfect way to enjoy the many glories of the Goyt Valley, including the historic packhorse bridge and the enigmatic ruins of Errwood Hall.
Why does United Utilities no longer allow memorial benches? And why are there no public toilets in the valley? And why have they installed hideous wire fencing along the bridge?
The Toad Patrol do a wonderful job ensuring as many as possible of these small amphibians survive the hazardous journey across Old Goyts Lane from their habitat to their spawning ground.
Things finally seem to happening with the application to preserve public rights of way along a stretch of the old Cromford & High Peak Railway which once led into the Goyt Valley. But we need your support.
With the deadline fast approaching, I’ve managed to complete the final batch of scans of the records kept at Derbyshire Bridge Rangers’ hut – some 88 pages in two folders.
I’ve finally made a start on scanning a fascinating collection of photos and documents which were once displayed in the Derbyshire Bridge Rangers’ hut. Here’s the first batch…
A treasure trove of recent discoveries from Facebook members include a 1930s photo of Errwood Hall, plus footage from a 1948 film and a 1966 colour photo showing the packhorse bridge.
The narrow, one-way road between Errwood Hall car park and Derbyshire Bridge has been closed until December 1st – or earlier if Forestry England manage to complete their tree-felling sooner.
A popular postcard from well over 100 years ago posed a bit of a mystery as it’s not a view anyone recognised. But Sue and Tim were up to the task and donned their wellies to try and track it down.
An 1845 tithe map shows that Errwood Hall hadn’t yet been built, even though Samuel Grimshawe purchased the land some 13 years earlier. I thought work had started well before then.
The discovery of two cars in the pond beside Goyt’s Lane, and rumours of bodies being found in the boots, attracted media attention. There were also four safes plus a cache of bullets.
A spot near the reduced waterline may once have been a midden where rubbish from Goytsbridge Farm was dumped. Most of it is of little interest, but a few attractive items have been found.