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 the walks on this 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...
Taxal Church fades

Taxal Church fades

Above: Rev Evans had to fight a battle with church authorities to extend the graveyard. But today it’s as overcrowded as the old one across the lane. I’ve visited Taxal Church quite a few times over the years, but it’s only recently that I discovered...
Rev Evans bound over

Rev Evans bound over

Above: The main photo shows Taxal Church before the new south window was installed. So it would have probably have been taken in the late 1880s. Today, the foreground is overgrown, muddy and crowded with grave stones. Under one of which lies Rev Evans (inset). An 1888...
The pugilistic parson

The pugilistic parson

Above: I found this photo of Rev. Evans, alongside a young boy captioned as Lomas, on the Whaley Bridge History website. It’s clear from the previous post that the ‘remarkable rector’ of Taxal Church, Rev. Samuel Evans, was not a man to back down in...
The remarkable rector

The remarkable rector

Above: Rev. Samuel Evans pictured outside Taxal Church with the newly recast bells. He was said to have been a generous benefactor of the church and may have paid for these from his own pocket. I was taking photos inside Taxal Church last week and came across a copy...
Goyt Valley booklet

Goyt Valley booklet

Above: Roly Smith was formerly Head of Information Services for the Peak District National Park, when he was known as “Mr Peak District.” He is the author of over 90 books on the British countryside, vice-president of the Outdoor Writers’ and Photographers’ Guild, and...
25ml Goyt Valley walk

25ml Goyt Valley walk

Above: Walkers of all ages set out from Buxton at a cracking pace at the start of the 25-mile route. I have to admit that I’m a bit of a fair-weather stroller when it comes to walks. A gentle eight miles with blue skies and picturesque views is my perfect day....