GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Goyt Valley Walks

14 miles (22 km)

The Goyt Valley is an excellent place for walks with fine riverside trails along the Rivers Goyt and Etherow. There's also a number of pretty reservoirs and splendid views of the Peak District hills.
This walk takes you through the beautiful valley from Stockport to Hadfield along the waymarked Etherow Goyt Valley Way. If you'd like to explore the Upper Goyt Valley then see the Errwood Reservoir and Fernilee Reservoir Walk. This will take you along two lovely reservoirs near Whaley Bridge.
This path starts in Vernon and Woodbank Park on the River Goyt in Stockport and follows the river to Etherow Country Park near Marple. This is a lovely section with a reservoir, woodland and a variety of wildlife to enjoy. The walk then joins the River Etherow following it to Broadbottom and then onto Bottoms Reservoir in Hadfield.
There is a challenging climb near Broadbottom on this route but with fantastic views over the surrounding area.

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Etherow Goyt Valley Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Etherow Goyt Valley Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Just above Bottoms Reservoir in the little village of Tintwistle you'll find the excellent Bull's Head. The 16th century pub does very good food and has a nice cosy fire for winter days. You can easily find the pub in the village at a postcode of SK13 1JY for your sat navs. It's a great place to stop on the route and also very dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.
In Etherow Country Park the on site cafe is a nice place for a pit stop. You can sit outside here and enjoy views over the park's lake with its variety of wildfowl.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Near Bottoms Reservoir you can pick up the Longdendale Trail, a shared cycling and walking trail which takes you along a series of pretty reservoirs.
The Goyt Way also takes you along the River Goyt through the valley. It also includes more waterside walking along the towpath of the Peak Forest Canal.
Just north of Etherow Country Park the trail skirts the edge of Werneth Low Country Park. The park includes a splendid hill top viewpoint with excellent views over the valley, Greater Manchester and the Pennine Hills. There's also a fine parkside pub for refreshments.
For a climb in the area see the Shining Tor and Cats Tor Walk page. There's excellent views over the valley from the viewpoint. In this area you'll also find some easy waterside walking around Lamaload Reservoir, Errwood Reservoir and Fernilee Reservoir.
Near Marple you could take a small detour to explore the historic Chadkirk Country Estate in Romiley. There's a noteworthy 16th century chapel, a little cafe and a walled garden to enjoy here.
The trail is coincident with the Tameside Trail around Broadbottom. The 30 mile circular walk explores several of the highlights of the River Tame Valley.


Bridge and weir, Etherow Country Park - - 992844

Etherow Country Park. View of the bridge and weir over the river in the park. The weir was constructed in the early 19th century to impound water to power mills at Compstall. The incongruously modern bridge, complete with footways, was constructed in 2006 to replace an earlier structure.

Compstall Etherow Canal 0232

TheRiver Etherowflows throughCompstallas it nears its confluence with theRiver GoytnearMarpleinGreater Manchester. Compstall Mills were established in the 1820s by George Andrew I & II, who modified the river to provide a reservoir to drive their mills. Much of the Etherow valley is now included in theEtherow Country Park.

River Goyt, Stockport - - 7737

River Goyt, Stockport. Here the River Goyt flows between Pear Mill, this square, and Vernon Park.

Pear Mill, Stockport - - 558286

A view of Pear Mill, Stockport. Located near the start of the walk at Vernon Park. The Pear motif not only adorns the main tower, but also the corner turrets and many other locations. The name comes from a farm which occupied part of the site. Impressive as this building is, the original plan was for a 'double-fronted' mill, twice the size of what exists; the main tower would have been in the centre of the facade. The building is fully occupied and is in generally very good order.

Errwood Reservoir - - 718881

Errwood Reservoir in the Upper Goyt Valley. From above the ruins of Errwood hall. Long Hill is in the distance.

Fernilee Reservoir - - 718877

Fernilee Reservoir. Taken from the path alongside the reservoir which also once carried the Cromford and High Peak Railway, a marvel in railway construction

View southeast over Etherow Goyt Valley - - 3719999

View southeast over Etherow Goyt Valley

The Etherow Goyt Valley Way from the Longdendale Trail - - 4851470

The Etherow Goyt Valley Way from the Longdendale Trail


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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