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. My favourites are the Shady Oak in Fernilee, the Goyt Inn in Whaley Bridge and the Swan in Kettleshulme. But if you’ve got kids, I’d recommend the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton. 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

  10. I think your walks are fabulous and I am so glad I found them. We have done 13 and 14 now. 13 was done last year in September on a beautiful sunny day and it was a stunning walk especially the little valley near the pack horse bridge. We sat here for a picnic and cooled off in the water. We did 14 yesterday after arriving to do 8 but it was cold and foggy so we didn’t think the views would be as good so we opted for 14 and what a lovely walk that was. We will go back and do 8 on another day but we do plan on working our way through all your walks. I find your instructions along with your videos really easy to follow and if we get lost we refer back to your instructions. Thank you for taking the time to put these together.

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

  11. This is fabulous David. An area we sort of knew a bit (we’re from Leics) but your site has been really brilliant in helping us get to know it better. Thankyou. Hoping to do No.20 tomorrow!

    Many thanks for the feedback Dave & Maggie. It makes it worthwhile when I get such positive comments. David

  12. So much hard work has clearly gone into this and my friends and I were the grateful beneficiaries over the weekend. We enjoyed number 26 very much. Thank you David for making it so straightforward.

    Thanks for that, Sam. Really pleased you enjoyed the walk. David

  13. Hi, which route would suit best to pick up a good stretch of old railway lines please?

    Depends on how far you want to walk, Sharon. If you just want a fairly easy and short stroll, I’d go for either walk 16 or walk 27. If you want a longer one, maybe walk 14. Or you could go the entire line – some 9 miles – and return from Whaley Bridge to Buxton by train by following walk 12. Hope that helps, David

  14. First, excellent project. I wish there were more. I’m planning to come to the UK/Peak District sometime in October, and one day to do a walk in the Goyt Valley. Which route would you recommend to maximize best photo locations?

    Thanks Amir. I’d say the best route for good views would be around the reservoirs. Walk 13 goes around Errwood, Walk 14 around Fernilee, and Walk 28 around both. David


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