About this website

My parents moved to Buxton in 1966, and it was here that I went to school. Although I no longer live in Buxton, I always enjoy going back – and do so whenever I can. Mainly to walk the wonderfully open countryside of the Peak District. In 1990 I published a book of circular walks in and around the Peak District. And it was at this time that I really explored and grew to appreciate the Goyt Valley.

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. There are lots of wonderful walks – and they’re suitable for all ages and abilities. They vary from easy footpaths down to the river bank (which is very much a stream at this point), to stone tracks laid across open moorland.

I’ve also been fascinated by the history of the valley – and of a community which vanished following the construction of the twin reservoirs which now dominate the valley. Stand looking out from the sad ruins of Errwood Hall and it’s easy to wonder about the people who once lived here – the Grimshawe family who built the hall, their friends, servants and estate workers, as well as the generations of families who farmed this unique landscape.

Walks around the Goyt Valley

None of the slopes are particularly difficult, although some paths can get muddy after rain. Distances typically range from one to five miles, but they can be easily extended to day-long walks of 10-15 miles. I’ve created short videos showing my favourite walks. Click here to view them.

I  hope you enjoy this website. Comments and suggestions are always very welcome. Click here to contact me.

Best wishes and happy exploring,


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