Recording a brutal murder

Recording a brutal murder

Above: The murder stone lies well-hidden beside the back road between Whaley Bridge and Disley. Three young men were soon identified as the killers. But only one was tried, convicted and sentenced to death. I’ve always thought the story of William...
Fernilee footpath closed

Fernilee footpath closed

Above: The scene at the northern end of Fernilee Reservoir. There are similar notices at the southern end. Above: Signs say that mass-clearing will leave the woodland more varied (click to enlarge). But they seem to be planting yet more fir trees. Which I...
Muck-spreading at Burbage

Muck-spreading at Burbage

Above: The muck-splattered view along the old railway track from Macclesfield old Road in Burbage. This was the start of walk 12 in the series on this website. But I’ve now had to change it. The campaign to have the route along the old Cromford & High Peak...
Threat of legal action

Threat of legal action

Above: I think the ‘No public right of way’ signs are fairly recent. They certainly weren’t there when I created the route, back in 2011. Page update: Click here to support the campaign to create a PRoW. I’ve had an email demanding...
Drones above Curbar Edge

Drones above Curbar Edge

We’re in the first week of the coronavirus lockdown. Government advice about walking in the countryside has been very contradictory. First we were allowed to drive to places we could park and then walk. And then we weren’t. And now it seems we can. Or...
The Goytsclough murders

The Goytsclough murders

Above: I think this is where the toilets once stood, not far from the small packhorse bridge that now spans the Goyt. It seems incredible that such gruesome events took place in such a tranquil spot, and within living memory. Michael recently got in touch to ask...
Relief expedition on the way

Relief expedition on the way

Above: Photo courtesy of Picture the Past. Louise Marsden spotted this intriguing photo on Picture the Past’s Facebook page. It’s titled ‘Goyt Valley Relief Expedition’, and was published in the Buxton Advertiser. The description says:...
Goyt Valley on ViewRanger

Goyt Valley on ViewRanger

Above: All 21 walks on the website are now on ViewRanger. Click here to view them. Walking apps have become increasingly popular over the last few years. Keen walkers say they’re no replacement for an OS map and compass. But until I get lost on some wind-swept...
Lost in a snowstorm

Lost in a snowstorm

Above: It seems a few years since the Cat & Fiddle was last cut off in a severe snow storm – which sometimes lasted for days.  This postcard from Corrie’s collection, showing snow piled up against the front porch, probably dates back to...
Cat & Fiddle update

Cat & Fiddle update

Above: The Cat & Fiddle team pictured in what was once the lounge bar (from l to r): Owen McCullough, Lindsay Bond, Karl Bond, Tom Ottley & Gem Hope. It looks like the iconic Cat & Fiddle Inn, perched high on the moors beside the Buxton to Macclesfield...