I’m back in Buxton with Crosby Rambling Club and today I am going to do the ‘B’ party walk. A gentle 8.5 miles leading into the Goyt Valley. Heavy overnight rain means that we can expect a lot of mud.
We left Buxton and headed towards Burbage and Bishops Lane. We had a little bit more road walking before we reached Edgemoor where we climbed the stile and headed across the open moorland.
The rain had stopped and the sun was out as we dropped down to cross Wildmoorstone Brook. A short climb took us over Wild Moor.
The clear track soon levelled out and we had our first glimpse of Errwood Reservoir.
As we approached the reservoir we could see how low the water level had fallen. It was time for lunch.
A good path now led north across fields with views down to the reservoir.
On reaching a minor road we turned left to head downhill and cross the causeway that separates the Errwood and Fernilee Reservoirs. WE now headed towards Goytclough Quarry. There was a bit of road walking but most was avoided by following tracks first above the road and then the Riverside Walk. We could look back across the reservoir to the path that we had followed earlier.
We made a slight detour to see the old stone packhorse bridge that spans the River Goyt. The bridge was moved from its original position in 1967 when the valley was flooded to create the Errwood Reservoir.
Our route now took us across Goyt’s Moss with more mud and on to Berry Clough.
The open moorland ended at a stone wall on Burbage Edge. We descended across a couple of fields to join the Old Macclesfield road and were soon back in Buxton.
Buxton is famous for its Spring Water and I suppose we ought to have tried some from the well opposite the crescent. However I needed something stronger. A nice pint of bitter before the long coach journey home.