Errwood lime kiln

Errwood lime kiln

Above: This relic of a bygone age once produced lime to fertilise fields in the Goyt Valley. I only noticed the remains of a lime kiln the other day, near the southern end of Errwood Reservoir, along the track from the bottom of Old Goyts Lane, just a short distance...
Protect the rhododendrons

Protect the rhododendrons

Above: I took this photo in May 2018, some 18 months after the FC started clearing the rhododendrons around Errwood Hall . I was hoping they’d be allowed to regrow. But that’s not going to be the case. The recent news that the Forestry Commission will be...
Shawstile holloway

Shawstile holloway

Above: This view across the reservoir has only opened up since the felling of the fir trees. I’ve circled the junction of the twin tracks, with the ancient holloway running up the slope on the right. The recent felling of the fir trees on the western slopes...
The ‘loveliest drive’

The ‘loveliest drive’

Above: Taken in 1934, this aerial photo shows the lane coming north from Goyt’s Bridge at far left, winding down to a small bridge spanning the Goyt (circled), before heading up the Valentine to Fernilee. Someone writing before the construction of the twin...
Errwood Hall drive

Errwood Hall drive

Above: I’m still not 100% sure, but I think the orange circle on the old map shows the view. The solid parallel lines show Shooters’ Clough stream. My thanks to Angela for allowing me to scan a rare postcard from her collection that I’d never seen...
Young lady drivers

Young lady drivers

Above: Gerald thought these two ladies were maids from Errwood Hall.  This photo of two young ladies posing in a car outside Errwood Hall has always intrigued me. Were they a couple of servants from the hall? Or perhaps friends of the Grimshawe...
Sandy Lane gateposts

Sandy Lane gateposts

Above: A look at old maps reveal that these sturdy gateposts once formed an entrance onto the track of the C&HPR. Continuing the quest to identify old stone gateposts in the valley, I came across two fine examples yesterday evening, just as the sun was setting....
Laughing water

Laughing water

Above: The attractive suspension bridge was built at the same time as the reservoir, to enable locals to walk from one side to the other. Above: Sharon posted this photo of her Great Aunt May posing on the bridge on the Goyt Valley Facebook page. Gail recently sent me...
Tracing the gateposts

Tracing the gateposts

Above: I wonder whether these gatesposts once marked the boundary between the Grimshawe’s estate and the Chillworth Gunpowder Mill. It seems I’m not the only saddo to be fascinated by old stone gateposts! There are quite a few of us out there, as I...
To the gunpowder mill

To the gunpowder mill

Above: The twin stone gateposts and a screengrab from the ViewRanger app showing where they stand. It’s quite probably a sad reflection on me, but I find old stone gateposts intriguing. Especially when they stand alone in the landscape, with no connecting fences...