This site uses cookies please click 'Accept' to continue and remove this message or 'More....' to view our cookie policy

Continued use of this site indicates that you accept our cookie policy

For full access to iFootpath, to join the walking community, rate the walks, leave comments, mark walks as Favourite & Completed (mirror in the App), and much more please register and login. It's free (no subscription, no charge to view or download a walking guide or GPS route) and only takes a moment or two. Already registered? Login here.

Errwood, Fernilee Reservoir and Taxal Circular

There are currently 0 comments and 3 photos online for this walk.

Errwood, Fernilee Reservoir and Taxal Circular
Author: mumnpets, Published: 30 Oct 2014 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Errwood, Fernilee Reservoir and Taxal Circular Walking Guidestar1 Errwood, Fernilee Reservoir and Taxal Circular Walking Guidestar1 Errwood, Fernilee Reservoir and Taxal Circular Walking Guidestar1 Errwood, Fernilee Reservoir and Taxal Circular Walking Guidestar1 Errwood, Fernilee Reservoir and Taxal Circular Walking Guide
Derbyshire, White peak
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Errwood, Fernilee Reservoir and Taxal Circular
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot Errwood, Fernilee Reservoir and Taxal Circular Walking Guide boot Errwood, Fernilee Reservoir and Taxal Circular Walking Guide boot Errwood, Fernilee Reservoir and Taxal Circular Walking Guide
iFootpath home page    Get the iFootpath iOS/apple app    Get the Android app from Google Play    Get the Android app from Amazon

0002_sunny_intervals Errwood, Fernilee Reservoir and Taxal Circular Walking GuideToday's weather
13 °C, Partly cloudy, Wind: 6 mph S
Next few days: Hover over icon for more info.
0004_black_low_cloud Errwood, Fernilee Reservoir and Taxal Circular Walking Guide 0017_cloudy_with_light_rain Errwood, Fernilee Reservoir and Taxal Circular Walking Guide 0004_black_low_cloud Errwood, Fernilee Reservoir and Taxal Circular Walking Guide 0018_cloudy_with_heavy_rain Errwood, Fernilee Reservoir and Taxal Circular Walking Guide 0004_black_low_cloud Errwood, Fernilee Reservoir and Taxal Circular Walking Guide

A pleasant walk in the beautiful Goyt Valley along the banks of Fernilee Reservoir, with its mixed woodland, down to the small hamlet of Taxal and back along the valley following the River Goyt.

On this walk you will need to negotiate a couple of steep descents and one steep ascent, a stile, several gates and a few flights of steps. After rain some sections through the woodland could be muddy and some field sections are boggy due to being churned by livestock. There are no toilets in the valley, the nearest are in the centre of Buxton. An ice cream van sometimes sits in the car park and picnic benches are also available in the car park area.

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 6SX.

View Larger Map

Walk Sections

Start to Wooden Boardwalk
Start to Wooden Boardwalk

Start point: 53.2776 lat, -1.9811 long
End point: 53.283 lat, -1.9798 long

Leave the car park by the vehicle entrance and turn left to walk a short distance towards a road junction on the right. Cross the end of the junction and follow the signed grassy path (signed Fernilee Reservoir) until you reach and go through a wooden gate. Continue to follow the path downhill, the dam wall will be behind you. Keep on this path going through a further wooden gate continuing on this narrow path through the trees. At the bottom, go down a short flight of stone steps to join a wider cobbled path. Turn left and follow this path through the trees for around 150 metres, the reservoir is down on your right. On reaching a waymarker post, follow the sign for waterside walk.

Wooden Boardwalk to Wooden Gate
Wooden Boardwalk to Wooden Gate

Start point: 53.283 lat, -1.9798 long
End point: 53.2953 lat, -1.9843 long

Follow this path, crossing a couple of wooden boardwalks and negotiating a couple of flights of wooden steps, for approximately half a mile. You will then join a wide track, turn right (signed Fernilee). Follow this path for almost half a mile to reach a wooden gate.

Wooden Gate to Stone Bridge
Wooden Gate to Stone Bridge

Start point: 53.2953 lat, -1.9843 long
End point: 53.3021 lat, -1.9896 long

Go through the wooden gate and cross a small stream (with no bridge). Turn right (ignoring a waymarker to the left) and continue until you reach the dam wall.

Here there is an option for a shortcut back to the car park. For this shorter walk, cross the dam wall, turn right and follow the path south back to your start point.

For the full walk, walk forward (crossing the end of the dam wall on your right) to follow the surfaced track going through a gate to the side of a cattle grid. Follow this track for approximately half a mile. As you reach the stone cottage of Snipe Farm on your right, follow the track to the left going through a large wooden gate and continuing down towards the trees. Go through a further large wooden gate and turn right over the stream via a stone bridge.

Stone Bridge to Ruined Building
Stone Bridge to Ruined Building

Start point: 53.3021 lat, -1.9896 long
End point: 53.3095 lat, -1.9883 long

Walk up the rocky track and, as you reach a metal gate to Madscar Farm, go through and veer left to follow the track uphill. As the farm track bends sharp left, take the footpath on the right, crossing a wall stile by a metal gate (this area could be muddy as livestock have churned up the ground). Follow this path with a wall close on the left. At the end of the wall, walk down and bear left walking between two trees towards a gate opening almost in the left corner of the field.

Cross a small stream (again there is no bridge and it can be a little muddy) to a wooden gate. Go through and follow the path up a short grassy bank. Keeping the trees on your right, cross the field bearing slightly right towards the corner of a walled wood and an old ruined building.

Ruined Building to Gate Below Bungalow
Ruined Building to Gate Below Bungalow

Start point: 53.3095 lat, -1.9883 long
End point: 53.3121 lat, -1.9925 long

On reaching the ruined building, veer left down the uneven (and boggy in places) field heading for a telegraph pole below a bungalow. You now join the minor Whiteleas Road. Turn right heading towards the trees. Ignore a metal gate on the left, go through a wooden gate and follow a track uphill.

Gate Below Bungalow to Church Turning
Gate Below Bungalow to Church Turning

Start point: 53.3121 lat, -1.9925 long
End point: 53.315 lat, -1.9919 long

As the track levels off, you pass a barn on your left and then a short row of cottages on your right. Just before you reach the gate into Taxal Church, turn right.

Church Turning to Right Turn at Wooden Gate
Church Turning to Right Turn at Wooden Gate

Start point: 53.315 lat, -1.9919 long
End point: 53.3159 lat, -1.9893 long

Follow the track (signed as a Restricted Byway) downhill until you reach a walled pond on the left (this is marked as Private). Follow the path with a wall on the left, crossing the river via a wooden bridge. At the end of the bridge turn right then almost immediately left. Walk uphill for a short distance and go through a gate on the right.

Right Turn at Wooden Gate to Woodland Edge
Right Turn at Wooden Gate to Woodland Edge

Start point: 53.3159 lat, -1.9893 long
End point: 53.3095 lat, -1.9856 long

Follow this path as it winds through the trees for approximately half a mile keeping the river down to the right, passing through a few wooden gates and following the waymarkers for Fernilee.

Woodland Edge to Old Water Works
Woodland Edge to Old Water Works

Start point: 53.3095 lat, -1.9856 long
End point: 53.2993 lat, -1.9818 long

As you emerge from the trees, continue to follow the path alongside the river. Cross a short wooden boardwalk and continue, passing (but NOT crossing) a concrete river bridge. Go through a further two wooden gates and you will pass a building on the left. Continue until you reach the old Water Works buildings.

Old Water Works to Disused Railway Track
Old Water Works to Disused Railway Track

Start point: 53.2993 lat, -1.9818 long
End point: 53.2935 lat, -1.9796 long

Follow the road to the left of the buildings uphill. On reaching an anti-vehicle gate, turn right. Follow the road walking past the end of the dam wall and go through a gate.

Disused Railway Track to Right Turn Below Dam Wall
Disused Railway Track to Right Turn Below Dam Wall

Start point: 53.2935 lat, -1.9796 long
End point: 53.2809 lat, -1.9771 long

You are now following the old disused Cromford and High Peak Railway and you will have Fernilee Reservoir on your right. Follow this track for approximately three quarters of a mile.

Right Turn Below Dam Wall to End
Right Turn Below Dam Wall to End

Start point: 53.2809 lat, -1.9771 long
End point: 53.2775 lat, -1.9811 long

As you near the dam wall, turn right and follow the path below the dam. You now have a good view back down the valley. Continue on this path as it goes up through the trees and, after a short distance, you reach a waymarker post signed Errwood. Turn left following this path steeply up the edge of the dam. On nearing the top join with another path. Turn left, pass through the wooden gate you used at the beginning of the walk, and follow the grassy path uphill back to the car park.

Remember...the best way of following our walking guides is to use the iFootpath App (iOS and Android) where you will have all the information in the palm of your hand and see your exact location on the live map as you travel. You can also add comments, photos, ratings and track your own routes.

Check out these resources for your walk

hotels Hostel Directory GetMap Rail

network Errwood, Fernilee Reservoir and Taxal Circular Walking Guide Original GPX source file

Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2014 by the author mumnpets and may not be reproduced without permission.


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.

Powered by World Weather Online.

3 images to "Errwood, Fernilee Reservoir and Taxal Circular"

3727_0mumnpets1414502951 Errwood, Fernilee Reservoir and Taxal Circular Walking Guide Image by: mumnpets
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Way marker post in woods.
3727_2mumnpets1414502955 Errwood, Fernilee Reservoir and Taxal Circular Walking Guide Image by: mumnpets
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Wooden steps in the woods.
3727_4mumnpets1414502960 Errwood, Fernilee Reservoir and Taxal Circular Walking Guide Image by: mumnpets
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
seat with a view.

Share

Walks Nearby

Recently Added Walks.

Ullesthorpe and Claybrooke Mill, LeicestershireWalderton and Adsdean Loop, West SussexBoston and Witham Way Country Park, LincolnshireKingsclere and Hannington, HampshireLeafield and Field Assart, OxfordshireMonkton and North Marden, West SussexFreeland Stroll, OxfordshireFiley and the Centenary Way, North YorkshireHooks Way and back via Telegraph House, West Sussex

There are currently 858 shared walks online. Add yours today!

What our customers say