Goytsclough parking closed

Goytsclough parking closed

Above: a long line of giant boulders now borders the previously open parking areas at Goytsclough. Forestry England has closed off the popular parking areas in Goytsclough with a line of large boulders. A notice explains that they’ve taken what they say was a...
The path to the stones

The path to the stones

Above: The red circle shows where the photographs above and below were taken – on the track from the second set of stepping stones in Goyt’s Bridge. The one above looking down to the now-sunken hamlet. Back in late August 2022, when the water level in...
Second stepping stones

Second stepping stones

Above: The orange circle above left shows the track leading down to the stepping stones from behind Goytshead Farm. I’ve also circled both sets of stepping stones on the old map of Goyt’s Bridge – the main ones over the Goyt in blue, and the second set in orange. A...
WW1 nurse’s unique photos

WW1 nurse’s unique photos

Above: I’m not 100% sure, but I think Alfreda may be centre of this group pictured on the steps of the Granville Hospital in 1918. Inset is Nick’s photo of Alfreda sitting in the garden of his childhood home. Many thanks to Nick on the Goyt Valley Facebook...
Before the Hall

Before the Hall

Above: Lot 27 included an area of land marked as 277. Errwood Hall was later built on this land. Above: This is the full 1832 map – click to enlarge. Or open as a pdf. © Sheffield Archives Many thanks to David from the Furness Vale History Society for sending me...
Hall ruins reopened

Hall ruins reopened

Above: The ruins look far better since the recent repointing of all the loose stonework. I hadn’t been down to the ruins since mid-September so I’m not sure when the work was completed. But it’s good to see that the metal fencing around Errwood Hall...
The vanished footbridge

The vanished footbridge

Above: These two ladies kindly allowed me to take their photo as they pondered how best to cross the stream. It was very muddy and slippery and both were nervous about tackling the slope and then finding a way across the stones. I first noticed that the attractive...
Grouse shooting ban

Grouse shooting ban

Above: Rectangular strips of lighter vegetation are a common sight across the moorlands above the Goyt Valley. They’re areas that have been cut back to encourage new plant growth for young and nesting grouse.  A recent announcement by United Utilities that they...
Sealing the tunnel

Sealing the tunnel

Above: A Google Earth satellite image of Tunnel Farm at bottom right. I’ve superimposed the orange line to show the route of the tunnel into the valley. Many thanks to Mary on the Burbage Facebook Group for posting these two photos she found on ebay. They show...
Errwood Hall now closed

Errwood Hall now closed

Above: It’s sad to see the ruins closed off – I think for the first time since the hall was demolished in the mid 1930s. It’s the end of June and the ruins of Errwood Hall have just been fenced off. Chris from Forestry England thinks the restoration...