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Explore Goyt Valley
(Average user rating: 3 unrated 3/5)

The Goyt Valley forms part of the Peak District National Park and is rich in industrial heritage, wildlife, farming and recreation opportunities.

The Peak District National Park Authority, United Utilities and the Forestry Commission work together to provide access and conservation management for the benefit of people and wildlife.

The landscape you see today has been shaped and carved out by successive Ice Ages and the River Goyt.  The valley is both a living and working landscape where high moorland, woodland, river and farmland contrast with the Fernilee and Errwood reservoirs.

What do other visitors say?

Do you know who owns the and in the Goyt Valley where The Shrine is situated. It's on the footpath from the Street to Errwood Hall?

Francesca Cook, 15/Apr/2018

The Forestry Commission are responsible for and manage the land on which St Joseph’s Shrine is situated.

Forestry Commission Response
3 Stars 3 Stars

Did a circular walk around Errwood Reservoir and was mostly really nice except for the section from the old Packhorse Bridge back along towards the reservoir. this was because the footpath is extremely muddy and eroded but more importantly the duck board put in to prevent erosion of the heather is actually doing the opposite as they are so slippery when wet that you have to walk around them. They need at least some chicken wire on to give you any grip. Even our collie dog slipped. We certainly wont be doing this walk again.

Dawn Filcher, 13/Nov/2017

Thank you for your generally positive comments about the Goyt Valley. The section of footpath which gave you some concern is on United Utilities land, but I will pass your comments on to the local Ranger and UU manager.

Forestry Commission Response
1 Star 1 Star

left shaking and in tears, whilst walking my dogs. The dogs were off their leads on the old road walking towards derbyshire bridge, beautiful no one about, no danger to any live stock enjoying themselves. Suddenly at least 20 dirt bikes came flying around the corner. They were coming extremely fast! I called the dogs back, they came straight back but my it was close. I couldn't lead the second one for shaking. I can't believe how fast they came. Why is it acceptable for dirt bikes to churn up goyt valley scaring everyone in their wake!

Anonymous, 31/Dec/2016

I am sorry to hear you had a bad experience while out walking. I have had a chat with the forester for the area and he thinks you may have been on United Utilities land. He believes you may have been on a right of way that is a Byway Open to All Traffic (BOAT) which would mean the bikes where within their rights to be on that path. I would advise that you check your route on a map in future to ensure it doesn't include any BOATs and hopefully that will prevent such an incident happening again. If you do suspect motorbikes are where they shouldn't please report it to the police on 101. I hope this helps for future walks.

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Last updated: 20th March 2018

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  • Why not go in search of Errwood Hall? Built by the Grimshawe family in about 1840, Errwood hall is now a ruin occupying an impressive site between 2 streams.
    Its grounds still contain much of interest including, dense pinewoods, rhododendron and azalea bushes, ruins of workers cottages and the family cemetery. There is also a shrine that is thought to have been erected on the instigation of the Spanish lady, Miss Dolores, who was a companion to Mrs Grimshawe.
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