Walks Near Manchester: The Goyt Valley

The Goyt Valley lies just outside of Buxton in the Peak District National Park, just less than an hour’s drive from Manchester.

By Manchester's Finest | Last updated 6 October 2022

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It’s been a popular destination for ramblers, walkers and strollers since the Victorian times and there’s a vast array of walking routes and options available – no matter your ability.

What makes this walk such a pleasant one? Well, there’s an array of different paths and walks to choose from and all at different levels from an easy 2-mile stroll alongside the River Goyt to a more difficult 15 mile route following the path of the old Cromford and High Peak railway line from Burbage to Whaley Bridge.

The riverside walk is suitable for wheelchair users, and runs directly alongside the River Goyt – one of the most scenic spots in Goyt Valley. You can cross the packhorse bridge and even stop for a picnic.

The longest walk along Cromford and High Peak railway line is non-circular and ends at the canal basin in Whaley Bridge – certainly one for the more experienced rambler. As an added bonus, there are pubs and tea rooms once you get to Whaley Bridge.

There’s a long list of things to see including the ruins of the once magnificent country house Errwood Hall, St. Joseph’s Shrine and the two large reservoirs which provide a stunning backdrop to the surrounding forests and tranquil paths.

Goyt Valley is perfect for a very picturesque walk in the Peak District, so make it the one you choose for your Sunday stroll this weekend.

For a list of Goyt Valley walks, check out the Goyt Valley website – they have 20 different options available and is the perfect resource for planning your trip.