A circular walk in the Peak District – Buxton via the Goyt Valley

This is a walk I’ve done quite a few times as it starts and ends in my adopted home town of Buxton.  I like the walk as you get a mix of terrain, a few steady climbs to challenge the heart rate and of course some stunning vistas.  It’s also long enough to give the excuse to take a flask of coffee and a few sandwiches, which always appeals to me. The walk is ever changing depending on the weather and seasons.  I’ve done it on a foggy frosty day, a wet day but unusually for October this time it was blue sky most of the way. You can see the Autumn colours in my pictures but towards the end of the summer you would have seen purple heather everywhere.

For me this Derbyshire walk of course starts from my front door, but for you I’ll start it on Bishop’s Lane on the west side of Buxton.

Goyt vally - Bishops lane

Follow up the  increasingly steep lane road passing the houses and up into the countryside. You will pass what looks like an equestrian centre on the right after which you will soon come across a footpath on the left. Take the footpath up a steep hill via a few steeps.  Up and up you’ll reach a gate at the brow – don’t forget to turn around and take in the view.

Goyt valley - view over buxton

After catching your breath carry on up to the summit, which has appeared as they always do just when you think you’ve got to the top. You’ll be walking in a slightly right veering direction picking your way through some boggy ground, the theme of the walk. The next part is my favourite part of the walk as it is a leisurely stroll down into the valley, keeping the dry stone wall on your right.  Again there is an abundance of muddy stretches, but that’s the fun of the walk.

goyt valley - mud at top

A small climb up will take you to a cross-road with an old disused railway path, but go straight across  and continue down the other side. Keep waking down the valley for a little while following the track as it gently bears to the right.  Eventually the path widens and gently rises up hill and you are rewarded with an impressive view of the Errwood Reservoir.  Take the time to soak it in.

Goyt valley reservoirs

And then you’ll get a view of both Errwood and Fernilee Reservoirs.  You’ll later be walking along the road that divides them.

goyt valley two reservoirs

The path drops downs before it cross the open ground, still in the direction of the reservoirs, and very gently rises until it pops out on the road, where you then follow it downhill between the two reservoirs.  Continue along the road keeping the Errwood Reservoir on the left-hand side. There are a number of bench opportunities on this stretch of the walk and it’s a good place to have a sandwich while looking out across the water.

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Continue along the quiet perimeter road for sometime as it rises uphill, leaving behind the reservoir and tracking the pretty stream in the valley below.

Goyt valley - looking down to stream

Take the path down to the second wooden footbridge you see.

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Once you cross the stream turn right and carry along the path in the direction of Berry Clough.

Goyt valley - signpost 2

The stoney bracken-engulfed path takes you up hill again through the moorland, sometimes it feels like your walking up a river bed. And don’t forget to look backwards sometime to take in the view.

goyt valley - lookig backwards

Up  and up you’ll eventually reach the summit and a signpost.  Carry on straight ahead in the direction of Burbage.

Goyt valley -signpost

You will next reach a field boundary where you need to take the path bearing right diagonally across the field, which you guessed it can be a little boggy.

goyt valley - top view

When you get to the other side of the field turn left down the track, which takes you back into Buxton.

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Follow the road through the houses and to the main road, which you will lead you back into Buxton town centre with its multitude of cafes and bars to revitalise your soul.

Hopefully my route description gives you an idea of the walk but as always plot it out on a map before hand, and make sure you have some study walking boot and warm clothes as it can get jolly cold up on the moors. You really should try the walk, you won’t be disappointed.

The walk is about 9 miles and took me about 4.5 hours including stops along the way.

Feature Image Goyt Valley walk

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Why I bought a new sofa

It’s not every day I get a new piece of substantial furniture for the home as I like to wear things out, and in my experience things usually take a long time to wear out.  However I have broken my rule and bought a new sofa, as even though I like the look of my old leather sofa it’s just not comfortable for me – am I getting old?

I’ve been mulling over getting a new sofa for some time after nights of rearranging cushions and throws and squirming around trying to get comfortable, but after a brief look around early in the year I lost interest and it went down on my list of things to do.  However, it was on a rainy day in the summer when my sister and nephew were visiting and I needed somewhere indoors to spend the morning with them.  I had a bright idea and I thought of my favourite browsing independent furniture store, Arighi Bianchi.

Arighi Bianchi is my go-to browsing store as it stocks an extensive higher-end furniture range which gives stacks of inspiration but is a little (a lot) out of my price range (their sales and clearance days are great). If you’re ever in Macclesfield I would highly recommend you have a look around too. You can get lost in this store both metaphorically and literally – it’s a maze. It’s also still a family run store with a history dating back to 1854. The building is impressive too especially at night.  Picture sniped  from the website (hope they don’t mind).

Arighi Bianchi store

Anyway the relatives were very happy wandering around the several floors of endless furnishing when I stumbled upon the sofa section and sat on a very comfortable sofa.  Then all of a sudden I’d bought a sofa.  Not sure how that happened as there was no hard-sell sales people – it was all my own doing. Now ten-weeks later the sofa has finally arrived.

Here are some pics. The sofa is still as comfortable as in the store and I do love the curves.

new sofa

It has a high back so not for slouching – I think my slouching days may be over. The cushions are all interlinked so they always look neat. Saves me having to everyday straighten out the cushions and throws after what looks like a small explosion may have occurred on it.

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I went for the punchy Shetland Green as I have a grey-painted living room and the grey version would have just merged in, but it comes in a selection of colours.  I think it’s a good all-year-round kinda colour.  I also chose the dark legs as they match in with the rest of the decor, but I could have gone for a light wood finish. The fabric is very soft, a bit like felt. Snug.

The sofa is the medium size from the Rebecca sofa range

This has been a big investment for me, so I will be keeping it for a long time, doing my best to keep it clean (no spills allowed). I anticipate the fabric will not be as forgiving as leather – but it is a good deal warmer.  We had an evening of moving furniture about, and I’m not entirely sure the new sofa is in its final resting place – always work in progress.

The old sofa has for now moved into the spare room / office as despite having it for about 15-years I can’t bear to get rid of it. It does however add to my spare bedroom challenge  dilemma I talked about in my last blog.leather sofa

Do you like to keep your furniture until it falls apart?