Wednesday, 2 November 2011

A walk in the Goyt Valley

This is a lovely little circular walk of approx 16km that we did on a bright September day.

Car parking is at GR: SK 013756 west of Errwood Dam.

Beginning of the walk, looking back towards the car park at the end of the road.

Having left the car we started our walk along a nice forest track.

The forest track

After 2km we passed through a gate with a signpost to Taxal, and walked through a farmyard and on upwards past Madscar farm then Overton Hall farm. We crossed over a couple of stiles then started to climb more earnestly.

We stopped for lunch a little of the way up and took in some nice views.

After lunch we carried on upwards towards Taxal Edge which becomes a ridge ascended in sections.

First we find our way to the Gritstone Windgather rocks.

Next up a climb to Cats Tor then the highest point of the walk, Shining Tor at 559 metres.
The easy ascent was made difficult because of the strong wind coming against us.

After taking in the views we made our way back down into the valley towards the reservoir.

We wanted to pay a visit to Errwood hall so after approx 1km we turned left through a gate and zig zagged down a pretty wooded clough, crossed a small stream and continued on down parallel with the stream.

Investigating the remains of Errwood Hall

On leaving Errwood Hall we picked up a track that would take us back past the reservoir and to the car.

Really enjoyable walk with lovely scenery, its definitely an area of the Peak National Park that we'll be exploring more in the future. :)

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