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Shooters Clough and the Upper Goyt Valley Walk – Sat 11th August 2018

7 of us set off from the side of Errwood Reservoir and enjoyed an 8 mile walk, led by Paul, through the wooded Shooters Clough followed by the upper Goyt Valley and then alongside Errwood Reservoir.

 

One particular point of interest was the remains of Errwood Hall  built by Samuel Grimshawe in the 1840’s and demolished when Fernilee Reservoir was completed in 1938 to provide water for the town of Stockport. Stones from the demolished Hall were used to construct the water treatment works below the reservoir. The Hall is the scene of the climax of the fantasy novel The Moon of Gomrath by Alan Garner.

 

The hamlet of Goyt’s Bridge and much of the farmland of the estate is now submerged under the water of Errwood Reservoir however the packhorse bridge after which the hamlet was named was relocated further up the valley and interestingly was on our walk route.

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