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Explore Goyt Valley
(Average user rating: 3 unrated 2.8/5)

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?

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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@Barry are you saying we should all commit suicide or something? I rather prefer the wise comments of the Forestry Commission response - Man can have an extremely positive influence on the environment through active management to preserve endangered species. Man is a part of the environment and should live symbiotically with it!

Matt, 26/Aug/2016
3 Stars 3 Stars

It was 41 years ago when I visited Goyt Valley and Errwood Hall. At that time I would have given it 5 stars but now can only give it 3 stars. Goyt Valley is still a beautiful place to visit and the walks around Shining Tor, Cats Tor, Goytsclough Quarry and Pym Chair are spectacular but my visit to Errwood Hall was a big disappointment. I was very disappointed to see how many rhododendrons have been removed and that they are classed as an invasive species.

When will people realise that the most invasive species of all is MAN. A few years ago I visited a small zoo and one sign said that you are now looking at the most destructive creature on the planet. You were looking in a mirror!

MAN is encouraged to invade all corners of the planet and leave devastation in its wake. After all, the rhododendron was introduced by MAN into Britain in the 1600s. Maybe we should look at eradicating the source of the problem in the first place.

Clumber Park used to be regular haunt in the past, but it must be 10 years since I visited after being very disappointed on my last visit. I have no wish to visit Clumber Park again.

Barry, 7/Jun/2016

We consider rhododendron to be invasive and are reducing them in the Goyt Valley accordingly although we will leave some specimens near Errwood Hall. Additionally, they can also be a host for Phytophthora which affects other trees such as larch and sweet chestnut. An outbreak of this disease is the primary reason for the most recent removal of rhododendron.

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Last updated: 10th March 2017

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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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