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|Errwood Reservoir, Shining Tor and Errwood Hall|
|Author: mumnpets, Published: 22 Oct 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Derbyshire, White Peak|
|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.)
|Start to Waymarker for Shining Tor|
Start point: 53.278 lat, -1.9813 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.
|Waymarker for Shining Tor to Shining Tor Trig Point|
Start point: 53.2874 lat, -2.0081 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|
Start point: 53.2606 lat, -2.0094 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|
Start point: 53.2554 lat, -2.0004 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|
Start point: 53.2692 lat, -1.9844 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.
|Errwood Hall Ruin to Woodland Walk|
Start point: 53.2698 lat, -1.9889 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|
Start point: 53.2707 lat, -1.9921 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|
Start point: 53.2722 lat, -1.984 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.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2014 by the author mumnpets and may not be reproduced without permission.
Stunning views with a lovely walk. Don't use the post code to get there its not right.
|By Barmpot on 2016-08-24 20:34:58|
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