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Errwood Reservoir, Shining Tor and Errwood Hall

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Errwood Reservoir, Shining Tor and Errwood Hall
Author: mumnpets, Published: 22 Oct 2014 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Errwood Reservoir, Shining Tor and Errwood Hallstar1 Errwood Reservoir, Shining Tor and Errwood Hallstar1 Errwood Reservoir, Shining Tor and Errwood Hallstar1 Errwood Reservoir, Shining Tor and Errwood Hallstar0 Errwood Reservoir, Shining Tor and Errwood Hall
Derbyshire, White Peak
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Errwood Reservoir, Shining Tor and Errwood Hall
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot Errwood Reservoir, Shining Tor and Errwood Hall boot Errwood Reservoir, Shining Tor and Errwood Hall boot Errwood Reservoir, Shining Tor and Errwood Hall
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The beautiful Goyt Valley lies in the Peak District National Park on the Cheshire/Derbyshire border close to the towns of Macclesfield and Buxton. It contains some stunning scenery, including high moorland, gritstone edges and Fernilee and Errwood reservoirs. The western side of the valley is flanked by Shining Tor, which rises to a height of 1,833 feet and has great views, on a clear day you can see Jodrell Bank in Cheshire and further to the welsh hills.This walk takes in several features including the ruins of the old Errwood Hall and its surrounding estate. This vast estate with its varying landscapes were created and owned by the wealthy Grimshawe Family,it was built for Samuel Grimshawe a wealthy Manchester businessman. The Hall was built in 1840 - 41. Samuel Grimshawe's grandchildren were the last members of the family to live at the hall, which was later demolished in connection with the construction of the Fernilee reservoir in 1934. Stones from the demolished hall were used to construct the water treatment works below the reservoir.The surrounding woodlands are bursting with the colours of the Yellow Azaleaa and Purple Rhododendron shrubs which the Grimshawes brought back from their many travels and the best time to see these in flower is April-early June.

The first part of the walk is a long steady uphill climb but then becomes mostly downhill from Shinning Tor. Some sections could be boggy and the grassy downhill sections could be slippery after wet weather. You will pass through several gates on the route and there are also flights of steps to negotiate. The appropriate map is OL 24 White Peak. There are no public toilets in the Goyt Valley, the nearest being in the park in Buxton.

From Buxton, take the A5004 Whaley Bridge road and in about two and a quarter miles turn left at a sign for the Goyt Valley. (This is a small sign and can be easily missed.)

From Macclesfield, follow the B5470 from the Tesco roundabout towards Whaley Bridge. At the Horwich End traffic lights, follow the A5004 (Long Hill) road towards Buxton. At the summit of the Whaley Bridge to Buxton A5004 Road, follow the signs to the Goyt Valley by turning sharp right.

Follow this narrow road downhill for about one and a half miles, crossing the reservoir dam wall to reach a T-junction. Turn left then right into the car park. Nearest post code (which takes you to the dam wall) is SK17 6GJ.

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Walk Sections

Start to Waymarker for Shining Tor
Start to Waymarker for Shining Tor

Start point: 53.278 lat, -1.9813 long
End point: 53.2874 lat, -2.0081 long

Walk through the car park uphill and on reaching a narrow path follow this for approximatley ¼ of a mile with a wire fence on your left and the road down to the right. You will cross a broken wall then continue through the trees until you reach the road (this path is uneven as it has many tree roots). Cross the road level with a large gate and turn left to follow the grassy path uphill with the road on your left. Follow this path parallel to the road for about one and a half miles (the path can be boggy in places so you may have to walk on the road), ignoring a path on the right. At the brow of the hill, just before reaching the Pym Chair car park, go through a gap in the wall to cross the road.

Walk up a short grassy bank to go through a gate (this is signed to Shining Tor). On a clear day you will have wonderful views over Derbyshire and Cheshire and you can see the Jodrell Bank Observatory (a pioneering telescope which was involved in the first days of human exploration of space).

Waymarker for Shining Tor to Shining Tor Trig Point
Waymarker for Shining Tor to Shining Tor Trig Point

Start point: 53.2874 lat, -2.0081 long
End point: 53.2606 lat, -2.0094 long

Follow the path with a wall on your right as it crosses the heather covered moor. At first the path is soft and peaty underfoot and can be boggy after rain but it soon changes to stone flags which you follow for approximately 2 miles to reach the high trig point and benches at Shining Tor. This is a good place to have a picnic.

Shining Tor Trig Point to Waymarker for Errwood
Shining Tor Trig Point to Waymarker for Errwood

Start point: 53.2606 lat, -2.0094 long
End point: 53.2554 lat, -2.0004 long

At the waymarker post signed Stakeside turn left. With a wall on the right, follow the path downhill until you reach a kissing gate in the wall ahead. Go through the gate and then turn left (this is signed Errwood) to follow the path with a wall on your left.

Waymarker for Errwood to Errwood Hall Sign
Waymarker for Errwood to Errwood Hall Sign

Start point: 53.2554 lat, -2.0004 long
End point: 53.2692 lat, -1.9844 long

Follow the path for approximately 0.75 miles (ignoring a path in the wall to the left) and then bear right down the grassy path. Pass through two stone gate posts heading towards the reservoir (this could be slippery after wet weather). Pass through a wooden gate and continue downhill. The path changes to a track and, just before reaching a gate opening, turn left (signed Errwood Hall). (Alternatively, if you wish to shorten the walk you could go through the gate and walk down to the road to follow this to the left back to the car park.)

Errwood Hall Sign to Errwood Hall Ruin
Errwood Hall Sign to Errwood Hall Ruin

Start point: 53.2692 lat, -1.9844 long
End point: 53.2698 lat, -1.9889 long

To continue, turn left and follow this path through the trees with the reservoir down to your right. Turn left to pass a metal anti-vehicle gate. The track now heads through the woodlands and rhododendron shrubs. After 250 metres, a stream passes under the track and is then on the left side.

After another 100 metres there is a track that switches sharp right and is clearly signposted to Errwood Hall. Turn right here and head up the track to reach the ruins of the old Errwood Hall.

Errwood Hall Ruin to Woodland Walk
Errwood Hall Ruin to Woodland Walk

Start point: 53.2698 lat, -1.9889 long
End point: 53.2707 lat, -1.9921 long

Pass the hall on your left then turn left, heading along a path through the woodlands with a stream down to the right. After just over 100 metres the path descends to the stream and crosses it over a curvy wooden board walk. You will soon reach a crossing of footpaths. Turn right, walking up a flight of wooden steps, and at the top follow the path which is signed Woodland Walk.

Woodland Walk to Road Bridge
Woodland Walk to Road Bridge

Start point: 53.2707 lat, -1.9921 long
End point: 53.2722 lat, -1.984 long

Follow this path, at first uphill then through the woods. Eventually the path bears right downhill until you reach the road at the bridge. Turn left here.

Road Bridge to End
Road Bridge to End

Start point: 53.2722 lat, -1.984 long
End point: 53.2779 lat, -1.9813 long

Follow the road with the reservoir on the right (you can walk on the grassy path to the left of the road if you prefer). This will lead you to the car park on the left and the end of the walk.

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1 responses to "Errwood Reservoir, Shining Tor and Errwood Hall"

Stunning views with a lovely walk. Don't use the post code to get there its not right.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Glad you enjoyed the walk! Thanks for the comment about the post code, we have now updated this.

By Barmpot on 2016-08-24 20:34:58

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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