Shining Tor and Errwood Reservior

A circuit of the upper Goyt valley combining a high level walk along the ridge linking Shining Tor to Cats Tor with a pleasant ramble above Errwood reservior


25 February 2024

No dogs allowed

From the parking area at Derbyshire Bridge we follow the quiet lane northwards down into the Goyt valley before branching left (west) through woodland to cross Deep Clough and Stake Clough. Here the path steepens up beside a wall towards Stake Farm. A good path then climbs to the summit of Shining Tor from where, cloud permitting, we can enjoy excellent views across to Shutlingsloe.

The continuation north over Cats Tor is on a good path, much of it flags and makes for easy walking to meet the minor road at Pym Chair. A path alongside the road leads down to the Errwood reserviour dam which we cross. Circling round the little mound of Bunsal Cob, we pick up a path that makes its way southwards above the reservoir and back up the valley to Goyt’s Moss. At this point, we climb again to Berry Clough before meeting up with the old coach road coming over from Buxton which we follow back to the cars at Derbyshire Bridge

Quiet lanes, mostly good moorland paths but inevitably muddy in places (it is February!). Gaiters advised.
OL24 The Peak District White Peak Area
Starting Point:
Derbyshire Bridge car park (free), Buxton Old Coach Road (first left after the Cat & Fiddle) Grid reference SK018715 Nearest postcode: SK17 6TT
Walk Starts:
Walk Finishes:
Highest Point:
559m Shining Tor


Let the walk leader know of any relevant medical conditions

Refer to the Handbook for walk related information and specifically for recommended walking equipment and safety information

Remember you are responsible for being properly equipped

Ensure you have the walk leader’s phone number in case of an emergency

If you become detached from the group STOP, call out; try contacting group by phone or text. If no contact return to the last place you were with the group. Wait 30 mins repeatedly trying to make contact. After 30 mins seek help and/or make your own way safely.

The Google map below is the location of the walk start point.