Shining Tor - Peak District Walk

Sunday 13th November 2016

Making the most of the dry forecast we headed out to the Goyt Valley for a walk to Shining Tor. Wallking along the Tors we were kept entertained by the paragliders who were out in force on the other side of the wall to us.

Start: Errwood Hall car park (SK 0120 7483)

Route: Errwood Hall car park - Stake Side - Shining Tor (TP) - The Tors - Cats Tor - Oldgate Nick - The Street - Errwood Hall - Errwood Hall car park

Distance: 5.75 miles     Ascent: 350 metres      Time Taken: 3 hours 40 mins

Terrain: Good paths

Weather: Increasing cloud throughout the day

Pub Visited: The Duke of York, Pomeroy    Ale Drunk: Robinsons Wizard

Route Map >>


Errwood Reservoir

As we set out from the car park there no reflections in the reservoir this morning.

Stake Side

Our route starts with a short section of ascent up Stake Side to the top of Shooter's Clough.

Errwood Reservoir

After a short section of ascent the view across the reservoir has opened up to include Combs Moss.

Foxlow Edge

Our return route will take us along the path running below Foxlow Edge.

Rushup Edge

As we follow the path along the top of Stake Side the view behind us extends as far as Rushup Edge and Mount Famine.

Axe Edge Moor

As we reach the point where we turn for Shining Tor's summit Axe Edge Moor is visible across Goyt's Moss.

Shining Tor

Shining Tor from our turning point at the top of Stake Side.


Looking across to Shutlingsloe and Croker Hill.

Shining Tor

It was rather muddy by the benches on Shining Tor's summit.

Shining Tor's trig

We opt for a coffee in the county of Cheshire.

Cat's Tor

This paraglider was just about to land as we reached the trig point.

Macclesfield Forest

Looking across Cheshire to Macclesfield Forest beyond which it is just about possible to make out the Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank.

Cats Tor

Our route to Cats Tor follows the wall along the ridge.

Rushup Edge

The view ahead is dominated by Rushup Edge.

Cats Tor

The route from Shining Tor to Cats Tor is slabbed, which really cuts down on the bog-hopping.

Oldgate Nick

Looking through the gap at Oldgate Nick to Windgather Rocks and Whaley Moor.

Wild Moor

Before we left the ridge we had lunch with views across the valley, here looking towards Wild Moor and Goyt's Moss.

The Street

Looking down The Street, we would only be going as far as Foxlow Edge, the ridge just below us.

Shooter's Clough

We follow the path signed for Errwood heading towards Foxlow Edge.

Shooter's Clough

We take the lower path heading towards the tree-lined Shooter's Clough.

The path is quite narrow and muddy in places.

The leaves are rapdily disappearing from the trees now.

Following the path through the wood towards Errwood Hall

Errwood Hall

One reason for picking this route was so I could check out the possibilility of using Errwood Hall as a location for a fashion shoot for my photography course.

Errwood Hall

The only great shots would be using the windows as the rest of the hall is made up of the footings from the walls. Another idea knocked on the head, time to see if we can find any pubs open on the way home.


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