A Stroll Through the Goyt Valley

One of my favourite places in the Peak District is the Goyt Valley. A few miles northwest of Buxton, the valley has a mixture of moorland, forest and reservoirs with an interesting network of paths to explore, enriched by an abundance of history and folklore. I don’t have to write too much about the place as it already has a fantastic website of its own.

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery has some intriguing views of the Goyt Valley in its collections. This photograph was taken by famous photographer J.R. Board in 1930. Though not a particularly remarkable image, it is perhaps striking to those of you who have walked this path. Errwood Reservoir is noticeably absent on the right side of the road. This is, of course, because it was not built until later on in the 1960s.

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This oil painting from the art collection depicts Goyt’s Bridge over the River Goyt. The artist is called G.M. Brown and I wonder if he or she had any notion that the scene would one day be lost under the cold dark waters of the reservoir.

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Unlike the previous views, this one isn’t underwater and can still be seen. The Shrine was painted in the mid-twentieth century by Harry Kingsley. You can find some details about the origin of the shrine here.


Although Buxton Museum and Art Gallery aims to share its collections with the public, we take copyright very seriously, so please email us at buxton.museum@derbyshire.gov.uk if you wish to reproduce an image.

We shall soon take you on a stroll somewhere else, so watch this space.

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