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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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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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The Cat & Fiddle Inn

The Cat & Fiddle Inn lay on the edge of Samuel Grimshawe’s Errwood Estate, close to the source of the River Goyt. I’ve just published a fascinating collection of old postcards showing the pub.

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Clearing the rhododendrons

The Forestry Commission is clearing a lot of the rhododendrons from the valley. They say they’re both invasive and diseased. I just hope they don’t clear too many as I love to see them in full bloom.

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The Valley of the Goyt (1880)

Another of Strephon’s wonderful articles describing his walks through the Goyt Valley. This one tells of a circular walk from Buxton, via Goyt’s Bridge and Derbyshire Bridge, taken in early 1880.

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Goyt Valley postcards

A wonderful collection of old postcards – many dating back to the early 1900s – showing the drowned hamlet of Goyt’s Bridge, and views of the River Goyt from Derbyshire Bridge to Taxal.

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Edward ‘Strephon’ Bradbury

Strephon’s articles describing his travels in the Goyt Valley in the early 1880s are very popular. It’s a very Victorian style, but well worth the effort. Mike has managed to discover some facts about the author.

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Goyt’s Bridge painting

This painting of Goyt’s Bridge is one of the most attractive I’ve seen, and full of wonderful detail. It’s sad to think that such a picturesque spot now lies beneath the waters of Errwood Reservoir.

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Mystery stones

Dennis wonders whether anyone might know why five stones, some of which are crudely carved with numbers, lie on the side of Shooters Clough. Could they be the graves of favourite gun dogs?

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Goyt’s Moss Farm

Goyt’s Moss Farm once lay beside the Macclesfield Old Road. It was completely rebuilt sometime after the 1930s and now serves as a Peak District National Park Rangers Information Centre.

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The stepping stones

A rare postcard of the stepping stones at Goyt’s Bridge, probably taken around 1910. I hadn’t seen this view before and it reveals some wonderful detail of this most picturesque spot.

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Goyt’s Bridge in 1853

Recently discovered in the Devonshire Collection at Chatsworth House; the earliest detailed map of Goyt’s Bridge, dated 1853. Drawn some 10 years after the completion of Errwood Hall.

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New valley views: #1

A scenic view across The Goyt towards Goytsbridge Farm in the distance. It’s one of a collection of recently discovered photos of the valley taken before the construction of the twin reservoirs.

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