Above: The lane down to the valley from the A5004 Long Hill road (option 1) is fairly steep and narrow, and more suited to cars than walkers.

An easier option would be to get off the 61 bus at The Shady Oak and walk down Paradise Lane to the head of Fernilee Reservoir (option 2).

Public transport

Irene recently sent a message asking about public transport to the Goyt Valley…

This looks like a place I’d love to visit and walk around. However, although you give lots of information on car parks, there’s nothing on the closest public transport for people like me who don’t have a car.

How close is it to bus routes between Stockport and Buxton?

The closest bus route to the Goyt Valley is the No.61 service between Glossop and Buxton. There’s a request stop at the top of Goyt’s Lane (1). But it’s about one and a half miles from here down to the reservoirs. And it’s quite an uphill slog all the way back.

My preference would be to get the same bus to the Shady Oak pub at Fernilee, walk a short distance along the main road, and follow the sign down Paradise Lane to reach the northern end of Fernilee Reservoir (2). According to Google Maps, it’s just under a mile. And the route is far easier than down Goyt’s Lane.

There are some good walks that pass the northern end of Fernilee. My favourite is the six mile walk to Taxal Edge. There’s also Walk 16 (three miles around the reservoir), and Walk 18 (two and a half miles along paths to the west of Fernilee).

Another option is to take the take the bus or train to Buxton. Walk 9 starts about a mile from the town centre and circles Errwood Reservoir. It’s one of the most popular walks on the site, but at eight miles, it’s also one of the longest.

Finally, you could always get a taxi from Buxton direct to the main car park beside the twin reservoirs. I checked with a local cab firm and they say it should cost around £10 each way.

Page update: Here’s a couple more suggestions from the Facebook Group

Chris: From Buxton (train or bus), head to Burbage on the Leek Rd and bear right onto Bishops Lane. Signposts at the top where the posh houses are, take you left, up the steep track where you emerge on the top, with Burbage Tunnel underneath (of the old C&HPR). You then descend down the narrow track where you emerge at the tunnel entrance. You can then follow the railway line till you come out on Goyt’s Lane, top of the incline, or cut down the gorge emerging at the bridge at Wildmoorstone Brook.

Mark: If you don’t mind a couple of miles walk, then train to Whaley Bridge, walk up reservoir road to the sailing club, cross the dam, work your way up to Macclesfield Road, Linglongs Road then walk into Taxal, turn down towards the river after you have passed the church, turn left at the river, cross over the bridge and then right again following the River Goyt and go as far as you want.