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|Errwood, Fernilee Reservoir and Taxal Circular|
|Author: Marie Prime, Published: 30 Oct 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Derbyshire, White peak|
|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.)
|Start to Wooden Boardwalk|
Start point: 53.2776 lat, -1.9811 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|
Start point: 53.283 lat, -1.9798 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|
Start point: 53.2953 lat, -1.9843 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.
|Stone Bridge to Ruined Building|
Start point: 53.3021 lat, -1.9896 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.
|Ruined Building to Gate Below Bungalow|
Start point: 53.3095 lat, -1.9883 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|
Start point: 53.3121 lat, -1.9925 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|
Start point: 53.315 lat, -1.9919 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|
Start point: 53.3159 lat, -1.9893 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|
Start point: 53.3095 lat, -1.9856 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|
Start point: 53.2993 lat, -1.9818 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|
Start point: 53.2935 lat, -1.9796 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|
Start point: 53.2809 lat, -1.9771 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.
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.
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|Image by: Marie Prime |
Uploaded: 28 Oct 2014
Way marker post in woods.
|Image by: Marie Prime |
Uploaded: 28 Oct 2014
Wooden steps in the woods.
|Image by: Marie Prime |
Uploaded: 28 Oct 2014
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