Goyt Valley walks maps

I created these maps to fill the screen of a typical smart phone, which is why north points in different directions. Click any heading to view detailed step-by-step directions and photos, plus a short ‘Relive’ video. And please get in touch if you have a favourite walk you’d like to add. Or if you notice problems or mistakes with any particular walk.


  1. Hi. Is there a pub you would recommend nearby for either before or after the walk please? Got three young kids so thinking of the riverside walk. Thanks.

    Hi Martin. The closest pub to this part of the Goyt Valley is the Cat & Fiddle* on the road between Buxton and Macclesfield. There are a few good pubs in Whaley Bridge to the north. But if you’ve got kids, I’d recommend the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton. (*Update: the Cat & Fiddle is currently closed.) David

  2. Are these walks ones I can let my dog off the lead?

    I don’t think I’ve seen any signs about keeping a dog on a lead in the valley. But I may be wrong. I’d guess the only time you’d need to keep a dog on a lead would be in a field of farm animals (and there are very few of these). Or if it’s aggressive towards people and other dogs. David

  3. Is there anywhere where you could leave the car overnight for a bit of wild camping, thanks.

    My suggestion would be Goytsclough. Second from bottom ‘P’ on the small map on this page. (Although I doubt it would be encouraged!)

  4. Just completed the Fernilee Reservoir Circular, lovely walk! Which one of these walks would you recommend to get the best views across the valley? Great Website!

    I’d probably go for walk 13: Errwood circular. David

  5. I would like to spend the day with my baby girl who is 9 month, in the Goyt Valley. Which walk would you recommend with a pram? Thank you very much!

    There’s a page here on paths that are suitable for anyone with mobility issues. They’d also suit anyone with a pram or pushchair. David

  6. Is there a booklet available for these walks?

    I’m afraid not, Shirley. But it is on my list of things to do. Trouble is, the list gets longer rather than shorter! David

  7. Just wanted to say thank you. Followed your easy to understand instructions and had a lovely circular walk yesterday to the Three Shires.

    Many thanks for the positive feedback, Sarah. It’s much appreciated. David

  8. I’m hoping to do a walk taking in Pym Chair and Shining Tor with my dog next week, but there seems to be a lot more waymarked foot paths on the you tube videos I’ve watched than there is marked on my OS White Peak Explorer map. Is there a map of these other trails available anywhere please?

    There isn’t a map just on the Goyt Valley, Anita. The OS map has all the way marked footpaths. But I always use the ViewRanger app on my phone. See here for a walk to Shining Tor. It starts from the main car park beside the reservoirs, but it’s easy to go from Pym Chair. I hope that helps. David

  9. Hi , Just seen these detailed photos and wondered if you could tell me if it would be possible to cycle the route please.

    I’m not a cyclist, Sandra. But I’d guess maybe 25-50% of the routes could be cycled. David


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