This walk takes you through the main forest in goyt valley past an old chapel,ruined manor walk with the romans ,Then onto to the highest peak in Cheshire ,with fantastic views from the beginning to the end and it starts at the main Errwood car park ,which is half way down the reservoir. SK17 6TT
Easy to moderate.
There are plenty of walks around Goyt Valley to keep everyone happy from walks around Errwood reservoir ,through the woodlands or upto the fells above.The Reservoir got its name from the village which is under the water,and Errwood hall which stood 1/2 a mile behind the car park ,only the ruins ,a family graveyard and pet cemetry can be seen today ,which are free to walk around .
Walking from the car park for Errwood Hall ,go down to the road and turn towards the bridge,which now spans an inlet but before the valley was flooded was the main rd between the village and the hall.Take the path immediately after the bridge on the left up into the woods.
This is quite a long steady climb up through the woods,you will come to a y junction in the path keep right here,and carry on uphill keeping the wall to your left .When you get to a style climb over ,you are now at the high point of Foxlow edge,keep to the path.
After 1/2 a mile ,you will see below you a small building called St Joseph’s shrine ,you can go inside ,to visit it use any of the paths down be aware the steps do get very slippy.
The shrine is said to have been built because of the death of a Spanish lady who worked at the village school ,most of the text and pictures in the building are in Spanish.
Walk back up to the main path heading for the road in front of you,go through the gate turn left uphill ,and if you cross the road and walk along the rough track above the road on the right you are now on The Street and it is a main Roman Rd which runs from the salt mines in Cheshire to Buxton. Parts of which can be seen on the far bank of the the reservoir leading up over the hills when you get back to the car park.
You have now passed into Cheshire and in about 1/2 mile before you reach the top (Pyms Chair) there is a gate in the wall on the left hand side of the rd ,go through and follow a partially paved footpath ,keep to the pavement where possible as you are now crossing very boggy heath land .Ahead of you is a easy trek over two peaks ,the first peak is Cats Tor,then about 1 mile further the summit of Shining Tor 1,834ft ,the highest peak in Cheshire.
After a visit to the trig point ,and the views as far as Snowdon,and the North wales coast, the rest of the journey is all downhill back into Derbyshire ,take the path down towards the highest pub in England The Cat and Fiddle (at the time of writing it has been closed for over a year)until you reach a gate ,go through and turn left ,after a short walk you will see Errwood reservoir and the valley (see top picture)
After 1/2 mile you will come to a gate (signposted)carry on for a quick route back to the car park,or go through and the path will lead you down to the old gardens of the hall.you will come to some old gate posts which was at one time an entrance to a old coal mine ,which flooded and closed in the 1930’s the shaft can be seen today as it flooded it is now a pond on the right .carry on down the winding path over a stream ,keep right here,eventually you will come to a ruined house Shooters clough cottage,which belonged to the mine manager.
Follow the path down through the woods ,half way down there is a path signposted for the hall,to see the ruins of Errwood hall go up the old driveway for a short distance.
Carry on down the path which was the main drive /road to the hall keep going straight for less than 1/2 a mile ,pass through the wall at the bottom and the car park is now straight ahead.