The Goyt Valley - Shining Tor - Pym Chair

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The long-neglected grounds of Errwood Hall provide the starting point for this varied walk, which takes in the heights of Shining Tor and Cats Tor with their views west to the Cheshire Plain and east to the Goyt Valley, before descending into the valley for some tranquil walking along the edges of the Fernilee and Errwood Reservoirs.

England - Central England - Derbyshire - Peak District


Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Moor, Wildlife, Woodland
6/21/2020 - Simon Worrall

Walked June 2020. Popular spot at weekends so the car parks get full quite quickly but there is plenty of on road parking near the Errwood Hall car park. Great views all along the ridge from Shining Tor to the rocks at Windgather. Take binoculars! No navigation issues. NOTE - the ladder stile shown in the photo for WP 18 has been replaced by a conventional stile. You can see the metal footpath sign for Overton Hall Farm (WP19) from this stile so you shouldn't have any issues here. Good walk for bird watchers - we saw Curlew, Skylark and a solitary Stonechat whilst walking from Shining Tor down to Pym Chair and in the wood between WP17/18 a pair of Redstarts darting around the trees in search of food. NOTE - if you are taking a dog it must be on a short lead during bird nesting season whilst you are walking between WP8 and WP20.

7/13/2019 - Kieran McMahon

Completed this walk today 13/7 , its an excellent walk , very easy to follow with stunning views 10 out of 10

7/13/2019 - Kieran McMahon

Completed this walk today 13/7 , its an excellent walk , very easy to follow with stunning views 10 out of 10

12/8/2015 - Malcolm Watts

Did this walk in wet weather Dec 2015 and found it to be a great introduction to the Goyt Valley and Shining Tor ridge. Approaching WP 13, there is a fingerpost for Windgather, which comes out on the road almost opposite the continuation towards Windgather Rocks, rather than on the bend in the road as shown on the OS 50k map. Photo from this point emailed to admin.

6/27/2013 - Di Farrell

I do this hike at least 2-3 times a year and it is fabulous late May early June when the yellow azalea are out as they are highly scented. I find it dog friendly as you can avoid cows by using an alternative route at Madscar Farm if needed as shown to me by the farmer to get to Fernilee reservoir. Also for a change, it's nice to keep right at Fernilee reservoir dam, go uphill for 15-20 metres the turn left through the Goyt valley to reach Errwood reservoir. Di Farrell

2/28/2013 - John Wright

I completed this walk in 4 hrs 10 minutes with a group of people from work plus 3 dogs. The weather was fantastic and the views were spectacular. The walk was easy to follow with clear instructions. I do have a photograph of waypoint 13which the walk contributor requested , all I need now is to find out how to upload it or send it on. Once again, thanks for a great 5 star walk

2/13/2012 - Walkingworld Admin

Our thanks to Stephen Glover for his updates for this walk. Februray 2012. Adrian (Admin)

2/11/2012 - Stephen Glover

A very good walk, well described so easy to follow and with wonderful views and diverse countryside. I added a couple of miles by going across Taxal Moor to Taxal and then South to rejoin walk 1195 at Overton Hall Farm. Thanks.

8/10/2011 - alan daniel

Very pleasant walk... I'm new to walking any reasonable distance,and I can recommend this to a reasonably healthy beginner.

1/9/2011 - paul mcconkey

Great walk, with only 2 stiles. Both of them had a dog hatch; I would say this is dog friendly. GPS measured 10 miles and the height on the GPS was 1800FT.

9/26/2009 - Christine Bibby

This is a great walk - more like 10 miles and we enjoyed every step of the way. The part which was described as being possibly boggy is no longer a problem as it has been paved over - almost the entire length from Shining Tor to Cats Tor.

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