Errwood Reservoir and Fernilee Reservoir
Enjoy some lovely waterside walking along these two reservoirs in the Goyt Valley area of the Peak District. The walk starts from the Erwood Hall Car Park at the southern end of Erwood Reservoir but you could also start the walk at Buxton and follow the Midshires Way to the reservoirs. The route follows good footpaths along the western side of the two reservoirs before following the River Goyt to Fernilee. You can return the same way or follow the Midshires Way through the woodland above the reservoirs. It's a beautiful area with the water surrounded by attractive woodland and the river feeding into Fernilee Reservoir at the northern end.
If you would like to continue your walking in the area then you could explore the Errwood Estate with its old ruined hall and peaceful woodland with azaleas and rhododendrons. The Shining Tor and Cats Tor Walk starts from the same location so you could climb these hills to extend your walking. They offer wonderful views of the Cheshire Plain, Winter Hill, the city of Manchester and Jodrell Bank.
PostcodeSK17 6GJ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Errwood Reservoir and Fernilee Reservoir Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Errwood Reservoir and Fernilee Reservoir Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Errwood Reservoir and Fernilee Reservoir OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Errwood Reservoir and Fernilee Reservoir Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Shady Oak Country Inn is located just north of the reservoirs at Fernilee. The friendly pub has a good menu and outdoor seating for the warmer months. You can find it at postcode SK23 7HD for your sat navs.
There's also The White Hart pub on Market St in Whaley Bridge (postcode SK23 7HN). It's a popular and friendly pub with a beer garden overlooking the stream.
The Cock is another really good option and can be found on Buxton Road at postcode SK23 7JE. It has a nice interior and a beer garden to relax in.
The reservoirs and the surrounding woodland are great for dog walking. There are some nesting birds in the summer months so you are requested to please keep them on a short lead at this time. The Shady Oak Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly. They have part of the main bar/restaurant area reserved for dogs and their owners.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just a couple of miles to the west there's a nice circular trail to follow around Lamaload Reservoir. There's easy waterside paths and pleasant woodland trails in this quiet area.
A few miles to the north east of the site there's Combs Reservoir near Chapel en le Frith. Here you can also enjoy some splendid rock formations and an excellent viewpoint at Castle Naze. The Promontory fort on Combs Edge commands fine views to the surrounding Peak District hills.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Peak District Walks and the Cheshire Walks pages.