The River Goyt - meets the Etherow and form the Mersey
The Peak District covers much of Derbyshire and parts of Staffordshire, Cheshire and Yorkshire. There are many interesting features, such as wild flowers, well dressing, lead mining etc
With the Etherow which it joins at Marple, and the Tame, which it joins just above Stockport, the River Goyt forms one of the sources of the River Mersey. The river rises on the moors of Axe Edge, near the Dane and just near the Cat and Fiddle Inn. In its initial section the idea of it growing into the industrial River Mersey seems far-fetched, for the upper
The track on the east side of Fernilee is part of the old Cromford and High Peak railway line which linked the High Peak canal at Whaley Bridge with the Derwent at Cromford, taking a high, windswept track across the top of the limestone area of the Peak. The line included two sections where the trucks were hauled up inclines by static engines and the first of these is the steep section of road which leads up from Errwood dam towards the Buxton road. At the top there is a small reservoir, built to provide a water supply for the engine, and the track then contours around the hillside before passing through a tunnel (now closed) through Burbage Edge. This section of the line closed in 1896.
The Goyt valley is a popular spot and at weekends the road upstream from Errwood reservoir is closed to motor traffic. This has helped to restrict access to the upper valley to those willing to put a little effort into getting there, which seems a very worthwhile idea.
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