3.8 of 5 (5 votes)

Shining Tor and the Goyt Valley

A strenuous walk (countryside) in national park Peak District in Cheshire, England, about 18.80km (11.68 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 6:30h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 350m (1148ft)
Descent 355m (1164ft)
Max. Elevation 560m (1837ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 705m (2312ft)
Start & End
Cat & Fiddle pub
Distance 18.80km
Duration ~6:30h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 13 Feb 2015
This walk explores the moors and reservoirs to the north of the Cat & Fiddle, one of England's most famous pubs. It's well-loved as a fine old inn, but what better way to work up a thirst and hunger than a challenging moorland walk beforehand? You can check what's on, and details about camping at the pub, on their website: www.catandfiddleinn.com

Walk Functions


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Walk Map

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OS Grid SK001717
Take the bus (no. 58) from Buxton or Macclesfield and get off at the Cat & Fiddle. Head along the main road until you reach the old turnpike road (where there is a bend in the road).
OS Grid SJ998724
Take the first turn right, signed to Shining Tor.
About 0.67 km (~0.42 miles) from
OS Grid SJ995737
Admire the views from this popular spot. You can pick out much of the forthcoming walk from here.
About 1.41 km (~0.88 miles) from
OS Grid SJ989740
Head downhill and at the wire fence, head NNE over the stiles.
About 0.65 km (~0.4 miles) from
OS Grid SJ992751
Keep heading northwards past the old ruined farmhouse of Thursbitch.
About 1.07 km (~0.66 miles) from
OS Grid SJ988761
Follow the path round the buildings and then across the road.
About 1.12 km (~0.7 miles) from
OS Grid SJ984771
Keep progressing round the valley crest by continuing on past Green Booth.
About 1.04 km (~0.65 miles) from
OS Grid SJ992787
Continue past Dunge Farm and join the road at Fivelands Ends. At the road junction, take the signed footpath along the track.
About 1.77 km (~1.1 miles) from
OS Grid SK008786
Head into the Goyt Valley and turn south at Crowhill.
About 1.59 km (~0.99 miles) from
OS Grid SK011776
A plethora of paths round here, so pick your route down to the western shore of Fernliee Reservoir.
About 1.05 km (~0.65 miles) from
OS Grid SK016757
At the end, cross over via the road bridge to continue south via the eastern side of Errwood Reservoir.
About 1.90 km (~1.18 miles) from
OS Grid SK016746
A slightly unwelcome little climb at the end of the reservoir to get onto the final stretch.
About 1.10 km (~0.68 miles) from
OS Grid SK019744
Head south across the moorland. The path heads down to meet the River Goyt.
About 0.30 km (~0.19 miles) from
OS Grid SK015729
Swap sides at the packhorse bridge and follow the track heading south.
About 1.59 km (~0.99 miles) from
OS Grid SK017715
At the end of the track, turn right and head back towards the main road and the pub.
About 1.36 km (~0.85 miles) from
OS Grid SK002717
Finish at the Cat & Fiddle pub. Buses head fairly regularly so check the times and then pop in for a pint at this famous watering hole.
About 1.51 km (~0.94 miles) from

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