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To everyone who shares my passion for the magical Goyt Valley, close to Buxton in the Peak District National Park.

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Fernilee path reopens

It’s taken almost a year, but the footpath between Fernilee and Taxal, past the old pump house, has finally reopened. But I hadn’t realised the old building was to completely vanish from the landscape.

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Walk 18: Fernilee west bank

Recorded at the start of a mini heat-wave in June 2017, this 2.5 mile circular stroll is the first in the series to start from the small car park at the northern tip of Fernilee Reservoir.

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Errwood Farm; then & now

Samuel Grimshawe stayed at Errwood Farm to oversee the construction of Errwood Hall in the 1830s. This composite image shows the attractive farmhouse in today’s landscape.

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Loveliest of Derbyshire drives

The road through the Goyt valley was described as “one of the loveliest in Derbyshire”. But Mrs Grimshawe once closed it due to the “disgraceful conduct of a char-a-banc party”!

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Goyt Valley early ’30s #2

A rare view of Goyt’s Bridge, taken in the early 1930s, shortly before all the buildings were demolished following Stockport Corporation’s purchase of the valley to build the twin reservoirs.

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Goyt’s Moss to Taxal

From Derbyshire Bridge in the south to Taxal in the north, this series of ‘then & now’ fades show how the Goyt Valley has changed since the construction of the twin reservoirs.

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Finding the Lodge

Gerald Hancock wrote ‘The Lodge’ on the back of this photo. But I’ve never been able to pinpoint where it was located. Could a lodge marked on an 1888 map of Fernilee provide the answer?

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Fernilee industries

Chilworth Gunpowder Mill features in this post focussing on the village of Fernilee. It describes an accidental explosion in 1894 which sent a cannon ball half-a-mile, only just missing a herd of cattle!

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Goyt’s Lane Shrine

Another little gem from Buxton Museum’s art collection. Most regular visitors to the Valley will recognise this lonely shrine which always seems to be decorated with fresh flowers.

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Goyt’s Bridge painting

A wonderful painting of Goyt’s Bridge just discovered in Buxton Museum’s collection. We know the name of the artist – GM Brown – but nothing more, including the date.

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Comparing old and new

A wonderful website provides side-by-side views of old Victorian maps with today’s satellite images. It’s fascinating to see how the twin reservoirs completely changed the Goyt Valley landscape.

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A winter walk in 1884

The Goyt Valley in winter can be a truly magical place. A poem written in 1884 celebrates a walk from a ‘lone hostel on the barren moor’ which must have been the Cat & Fiddle Inn.

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Bunsal Incline bridge

A recently discovered photo shows the bridge over the Bunsal Incline on the C&HP Railway in the late 1960s, shortly before the track was tarmacked to create the main route into the valley.

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C&HPR photo: where is it?

Trying to pinpoint the position of a section the C&HP Railway shown in an old photo posed a bit of a mystery. We think it might show a rare view of the track as it heads towards the valley.

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Ode to the Dale o’ Goyt

In previous times the Goyt Valley was known as ‘The Dale of The Goyt’. Written in 1908, this poem describes the natural beauty which inspired poets, writers, photographers and painters.

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Shank’s mare to Goyt’s Bridge

An account of a walk in the late 1890s from Buxton, via Burbage, Derbyshire Bridge and Goytsclough, to Goyt’s Bridge and Errwood Hall. It includes some wonderful detail.

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Fatal accident on the C&HPR

A collision between two trains on the Cromford & High Peak Railway left one man dead and the other seriously injured. It also spelled the end of passengers being taken along the route.

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The High Peak Railway (1880)

The Cromford & High Peak Railway ran through the Goyt Valley from 1831 to 1892. Mike has discovered a fascinating report from the Victorian writer, Strephon, of a trip along the entire route.

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