Goyt Valley - Peak District Walk

Tuesday 22nd April 2008

I had been waiting a while to do this walk as I was keen to avoid getting caught in low cloud when I was on The Tors. With a good clear day predicted I was quite surprised to find myself in low cloud, which was accompanied by a strong and cold wind, when I arrived at the lay-by opposite the Cat & Fiddle. Fortunately not long after I set off the sun started to appear and I ended up doing most of the walk in short sleeves. Considering this is such a popular area I was surprised at how few people I saw today but it could be because much of the route is away from the more popular spots in the Goyt Valley.

Start: Cat & Fiddle Inn (SK 0009 7190)

Route: Cat & Fiddle Inn - Goyt Valley - Errwood Reservoir - Fernilee Reservoir - Midshires Way - Windgather Rocks - Pym Chair - Cats Tor - Shining Tor (CT) - Cat & Fiddle Inn

Distance: 12.25 miles     Ascent: 684 metres      Time Taken: 6 hours 10 mins

Terrain: Good paths.

Weather: Low cloud and cold to start. Sunny and warm, but hazy, once the cloud lifted.

Pub Visited: None    Ale Drunk: None

Route Map >>


A misty start as I follow the path towards Shining Tor.

Ravens Low

As I head down to the bottom of the Goyt Valley the mist starts to clear. Here looking across towards Raven Low.

Errwood Reservoir

A misty view of Errwood Reservoir.

River Goyt

The river Goyt.

Goyt Valley

Looking along the Goyt Valley towards Foxlow Edge.

Foxlow Edge

Foxlow Edge.

Errwood Reservoir

Errwood Reservoir.

Combs Moss

Combs Moss.

Wildmoorstone Brook

Wildmoorstone Brook feeds into Errwood Reservoir.

The Tors

The mist continues to lift to give this view across Errwood Reservoir to The Tors.

Following the clear paths through the wood by Fernilee Reservoir.

Goyt Valley

Looking across the Goyt Valley from the Midshires Way.

Taxal Edge

Taxal Edge from Windgather Rocks.

Windgather Rocks

Windgather Rocks.

Windgather Rocks

There is usually a school party enjoying a day of climbing.

Windgather Rocks

Windgather Rocks.

Shining Tor & Shutlingsloe

Shining Tor and Shutlingsloe.

Cats Tor

Cats Tor.

Shining Tor's trig

Shining Tor's trig point.

A new seat at Shining Tor's summit.


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