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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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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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Disabled access

UK Paralympian gold medalist and discus world record breaker, John Harris, highlights two tracks in the Goyt Valley which are suitable for anyone with mobility issues.

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