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Errwood Reservoir, Shining Tor and Errwood Hall

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Errwood Reservoir, Shining Tor and Errwood Hall is a 10.9 kilometer loop trail located near Buxton, Derbyshire, England that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

10.9 km
473 m


nature trips


bird watching



wild flowers

The beautiful Goyt Valley lies in the Peak District National Park on the Cheshire/Derbyshire border close to the towns of Macclesfield and Buxton. It contains some stunning scenery, including high moorland, gritstone edges and Fernilee and Errwood reservoirs. The western side of the valley is flanked by Shining Tor, which rises to a height of 1,833 feet and has great views, on a clear day you can see Jodrell Bank in Cheshire and further to the welsh hills.This walk takes in several features including the ruins of the old Errwood Hall and its surrounding estate. This vast estate with its varying landscapes were created and owned by the wealthy Grimshawe Family,it was built for Samuel Grimshawe a wealthy Manchester businessman. The Hall was built in 1840 - 41. Samuel Grimshawe's grandchildren were the last members of the family to live at the hall, which was later demolished in connection with the construction of the Fernilee reservoir in 1934. Stones from the demolished hall were used to construct the water treatment works below the reservoir. The surrounding woodlands are bursting with the colours of the Yellow Azaleaa and Purple Rhododendron shrubs which the Grimshawes brought back from their many travels and the best time to see these in flower is April-early June. The first part of the walk is a long steady uphill climb but then becomes mostly downhill from Shinning Tor. Some sections could be boggy and the grassy downhill sections could be slippery after wet weather. You will pass through several gates on the route and there are also flights of steps to negotiate. The appropriate map is OL 24 White Peak. There are no public toilets in the Goyt Valley, the nearest being in the park in Buxton.

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