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Discovered; a lovers’ walk

In 1880 a writer described “a footpath high above the carriage-way… a lovers’ walk; a deep-green wooded way made for Phillida and Corydon”. My thanks to James for pointing me in the right direction.

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Goyt’s Moss Marchingtons

Rob has been in touch to say his family once lived at Goyt’s Moss, scraping a living mining coal from the small pits which once littered the landscape of this windswept part of the upper Goyt Valley.

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Anyone seen a puma?

Alan asks whether anyone has seen a puma in the Valley. I seem to remember someone saying they’d seen one a few years back. I think it was more likely to be a large feral cat. But who knows?

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A birds’ eye view

Top of my Santa wish-list is a drone to capture the Valley from the air. But I’m not confident about persuading my good lady wife that it’s worth the hefty price tag. Wish me luck!

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Goyt’s Bridge video

It’s taken a while, but I’ve finally managed to complete a short, 12 minute video showing how the twin reservoirs completely changed the landscape of this part of the Goyt Valley.

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ITV visits the valley

My fleeting moment of fame! A couple of minutes on ITV’s Calendar programme chatting about the history of the Goyt Valley. But I can’t see me making a career of it!

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More Goyt Valley postcards

My thanks to Michael for allowing me to scan some of his wonderful collection of Goyt Valley postcards. They include many I hadn’t seen before, including views of Goyt’s Bridge and the Cat & Fiddle.

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The mushroom cloud

“Machinery was twisted into all shapes and huge beams splintered. Pieces of iron had been thrown high up on the hills and one piece of machinery weighing well over a ton was flung into the water.”

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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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