The last Peak District walk of the year saw an intrepid 8 walkers head for the Goyt Valley near Buxton. Owing to the latest covid measures we split into two groups with Paul, Neville, Tina, and her husband Neal meeting at the Errwood Reservoir car park. It was a good job that the others were parking elsewhere as the car park was almost full already. Despite the temperature dropping on the journey northwards we set off in bright sunshine with a clear day promising some magnificent views.
Early on we had to take a diversion as the north of the lake was closed off for logging, but the climb up the side of the hillside reminded us of why we had come so far. A pristine painted bench caused us to take an early coffee stop with some great views. Shortly afterwards we met the other group and stopped for a socially-distanced catch-up.
A further climb took us on to the ridge with great views on either side as we ascended Cats Tor and Shining Tor. This was one of the busiest walks we've had for a long time, this might have had something to do with the scenery, the great weather, and being on the doorstep of Manchester conurbation.
As we headed back to the reservoir, we came to a point where the map showed a path branching off up the hill, but we couldn't find any sign of it so we took a different path that went round the hill instead. Later we discovered the other group had tried to follow the path and it delayed them by over an hour!
We returned to the cars after walking nearly 12 miles, having had a great day.
Report - Paul
Walk rating – Very Good.
Pictures - Paul
Looking over the Errwood Reservoir.
The coffe stop view.
Looking towards Kinder Scout.
From Windgather Rocks.
View from Cat's Tor.