085 Goyt Valley and Wildmoorstone Brook

Smugglers once crossed the Goyt, near Whaley Bridge, their packhorses laden with salt, and climbed across the slopes of Wild Moor. It still feels wild as you follow the brook up into the hills, but then suddenly there is a surprise. With its now deserted track contouring the slope, the Cromford and High Peak was one of the first railways in Britain. Then came the reservoirs, the old Salt Way was cut in half, and the farms abandoned. Now the only inhabitants are the speckle-faced Derbyshire Gritstone sheep, but this is where they belong, for the ancient name of the breed was Dale o'Goyt.

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LOCATION: Between Whaley Bridge and Buxton
START: Goyts Lane Car Park, off A5004 Grid ref: SK023752 Postcode: SK176GJ

DISTANCE: 3.5 (or 2) miles
GRADE: Moderate
TIME: 2 hours
MAP: Outdoor Leisure - White Peak Landranger 119
REFRESHMENTS: Pack a flask
EN ROUTE: Cromford and High Peak Railway,

This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

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