Corbar to Erwood walk

Corbar to Erwood walk

Above: There’s some wonderful views across Buxton from Corbar Cross. I’ve just published walk 23 in the series; an eight-mile circular walk from Corbar Woods on the northern edge of Buxton to Errwood Reservoir, returning through Cavendish golf course. It...
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:...
A chilled stroll to the valley

A chilled stroll to the valley

Above: The walk starts from beside Buxton’s famous Opera House, before heading across to the ancient packhorse bridge which now spans the Goyt, and once stood in the heart of Goyt’s Bridge, before the hamlet was submerged beneath the waters of Errwood...
Buxton’s railways

Buxton’s railways

Above: Buxton’s twin stations pictured in the mid ’60s, shortly before the one on the right was demolished.The Palace Hotel would have been behind and to the left of the photographer (see map). Today, this view looks down Station Road towards Bridge...
“Lest we forget!!”

“Lest we forget!!”

Above: ‘Lest we forget!!’. Perhaps it’s written by a soldier to his sweetheart, remembering a trip along the valley they shared when he was on leave from the trenches. I sometimes buy old postcards of the Valley if they’re not already on the...
The long white road

The long white road

Above: Old Goyt’s Lane now vanishes beneath the waters of Errwood Reservoir. But in Vera and Rolands’ day this attractive walk would have ended in the picturesque hamlet of Goyt’s Bridge. It’s poignant to imagine the two lovers looking across...
The Valley of the Goyt (1880)

The Valley of the Goyt (1880)

Above: Our travellers walked from Goyt’s Bridge along the lane towards Derbyshire Bridge. The photo shows three children in front of the mill workers cottages at Goytsclough, which Strephon mentions in his article. They eventually reach a ‘solitary little...
Edward ‘Strephon’ Bradbury

Edward ‘Strephon’ Bradbury

Above: This wonderful etching of Buxton’s Pavilion Gardens appears as the frontispiece in Strephon’s ‘Pilgrimages in the Peak’, first published in 1879. Click the image at the bottom of the page to view the complete illustration. Above:...
Down the Valley in 1881

Down the Valley in 1881

Above: The ford at Taxal was where Strephon and his ‘Young Man’ crossed the Goyt on their way to Whaley Bridge. Walk 6 passes this picturesque spot. The pair enjoyed Whaley Bridge, but were less enthusiastic about the towns and cities just a...
An 1880 excursion to Errwood

An 1880 excursion to Errwood

Tracing the route: The writer, his ‘Young Man’ fisherman friend, and their ‘Somebody’ artist and lady companion, turned off the Buxton to Whaley Bridge, Long Hill road, along the same winding track used by most visitors to the Valley...