Above: The top marker is Fernilee Reservoir, with Errwood Reservoir below.
There are a number of places to park in the Goyt Valley. But some are limited to just a few spaces. The four largest car parks are marked on the above map. (Click to enlarge.)
Discover the Goyt Valley
Postcode for sat-navs: SK17 6GJ (This is Errwood Sailing Club, between Errwood & Fernilee Reservoirs*)
Lying just a few miles north-west of Buxton, the Goyt Valley is one of the most beautiful areas of the Peak District National Park. The most popular route into the valley is from the A5004, Long Hill road, between Buxton and Whaley Bridge. A narrow, picturesque road leads down to the two reservoirs. There are parking spaces at the foot of the slope, which is the best spot to walk beside Fernilee Reservoir on the right.
Main car park
Or you can cross the dam wall between the reservoirs, to the largest car park on the opposite side. This is a good starting point for walks through woodland on the western side of Fernilee, or to head further up the old Roman road known as The Street, which leads up to some wonderful walks across open moorland.
Errwood Hall car park
Many of the walks featured here start from Errwood Hall car park, which lies a short distance further alongside Errwood Reservoir, to the left after crossing the dam. From here, it’s just a short stroll up the slope to the ruins of the hall. (This road along the reservoir to this car park does close on Bank Holidays and Sundays from May to end of September.)
Fernilee car park
There’s also parking at the northern end of Fernilee Reservoir, which is an ideal spot for walking around the reservoir, or to head further north towards Taxal (see walk 6). Follow the sign to Fernilee from further north along the A5004 Buxton to Whaley Bridge road, down the narrow track.
Derbyshire Bridge car park
Another route for accessing the Goyt Valley is from the Buxton to Macclesfield Road, following the sign to a small car park at Derbyshire Bridge. Walk 11 starts from here. A single track road leads from here to Errwood Hall car park, but traffic is one-way only – and from the other direction.
I’ve received a message from Sandra of the South Birmingham Ramblers asking whether it’s possible to park a coach in any of the car parks. I told her I thought it should be possible to use the main car park, on the other side the road between the twin reservoirs, coming down from the Long Hill road. But I’m not 100% sure. If anyone knows, please leave a comment below, or send me a message.
*Someone recently said that the postcode for Errwood Sailing Club – SK17 6GJ – took them into the centre of Buxton. I no longer live near the valley, so it’s not easy for me to check. Please get in touch if you’ve had any problems using this postcode with a satnav. Or if you know it’s correct. Thanks.