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To everyone who shares my passion for the magical Goyt Valley in the heart of the Peak District National Park.

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Down the Valley in 1881

Our 19th century travellers are “soon in the deep cool solitude of the Goyt valley, beautiful with colours that the miserably inadequate art of word-painting is utterly lost to reproduce.”

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Errwood Hall bridge

An 1880 report of a trip to Errwood Hall mentions a ‘lovers’ walk high above the carriageway’. But where was this scenic walk? And was there a bridge that has now been lost?

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Goyt Valley Google map

I’ve been testing Google Maps to plot all the lost farms, places of interest and car parks in the Goyt valley – and it seems to be working well. Next stage is to add the various walks.

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An Excursion to Errwood

A writer in 1880 describes the Goyt Valley: “Boughs interlace above; the bare-bell, the fox-glove, and the blade-like fern are at out feet; at our side the beautiful campanula…”

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The ‘Final exodus’

The last families to leave the Goyt Valley packed all their belongings on to lorries and horse-drawn carts in March 1936. I’m trying to trace their names, and the homes they once lived in.

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Tracing Mr T.B. Hibbert

Trying to resolve the riddle of the Goyt’s Bridge tea room sign; we find Tommy Hibbert in the census returns – but it doesn’t help cast much light upon the mystery!

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Killing at Errwood Hall

An 1847 newspaper clipping reports a ‘desperate burglary, in which one of the burglars was killed’ at Errwood Hall. The gamekeeper was said to have fired the fatal shot. But did he?

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Is this Old Goyt’s Lane?

A recently discovered photo from the 1930s seems to show Old Goyt’s Lane, and prove that cars were capable of tackling what seems a steep and difficult road. Or did it?

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Closure of Errwood grounds

Mary, the last of the Grimshawes, took such offence at the desecration of St Joseph’s Shrine that she closed public access to the entire grounds of the Errwood Estate.

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1930s Goyt Valley photos

“I was going through some old photos dating to 1930/31 and there are several taken at Goyt Bridge. I have never been there myself but my father was involved with it at the time.”

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Walk 17: Foxlow Edge

A perfect short stroll for dog-walkers, or anyone wanting a quick breath of bracing Peak District air. Particularly if you prefer getting away from the more popular walks around the twin reservoirs.

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Another Fernilee walk

I’d been saving this gentle three-mile stroll around Fernilee Reservoir until the weather improved, to capture the glorious greens along the woodland paths. It never disappoints!

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Goytsclough video online

I’ve finally caught up with all my Goyt Valley walk videos, having just added walk 15; a five mile circuit from Errwood to discover what remains of the paint mill at Goytsclough.

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Fernilee video added

I’ve just added the video for walk 14: an easy, four-mile circular stroll around Fernilee Reservoir, with an additional section running down the Goyt and returning along the picturesque riverbank.

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The ‘blacked-up’ band

The ‘blacked-up’ faces of the Chilworth Gunpowder Mill’s brass band provide a fascinating glimpse into a time and place which are now completely lost. What can it all mean?

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Goyt’s Bridge then and now

I’ve tried to match an old photo of the small hamlet of Goyt’s Bridge with today’s scene across Errwood Reservoir, and merge one over the other. It’s not perfect, but it’s fairly close.

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The last of the Grimshawes

The death of Mary, the last of the Grimshawes, in 1930 marked the end of a century-long era in the Goyt Valley. Work on Fernilee Reservoir began soon after. And Errwood Hall was to be demolished.

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Two new walks

I’ve just added two new walks to the series – bringing the total to 15. They were recorded on the last day of a fairly damp March. One around Fernilee and the other from Errwood to Goytsclough.

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