A dog friendly walk from DogPeople

A dog-friendly walk from DogPeople
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Errwood Hall, Goyt Valley (1 1/2 easy - options for longer walks)

Hamish and his people started from the car park just below the ruins of Errwood Hall on the west side of the Errwood Reservoir (grid reference SK 0122 7483).  An ice cream van was in the car park when we visited.  We arrived via the Buxton to Whaley Bridge road (A5004) passing between Fernilee and Errwood reservoirs (we believe a one way system prevents access from the A537 / A 54).  

The walk starts up a few steps from the car park.  An information board gives some of the history of Errwood Hall and shows a route to follow.  It mentions white marker posts but these are few in number on the route.  Leave the board then cross a field uphill - there are two clear paths, neither with a marker post.  We took the right hand fork then more or less ahead when we reached a stone track (via a gap in a wall).  If you take the left hand fork turn right when you reach the track via a field gate entrance.

Follow the track until you reach a sign for Errwood Hall - TURN RIGHT as indicated.  The ruins are a short distance further on.  After exploring the ruins we continued the walk on a path on their RIGHT HAND SIDE.  Follow a clear path keeping a valley on your right hand side.  Cross a wooden footbridge then TURN LEFT to cross another footbridge in the direction of one of the few white marker posts.  There is an option to turn right here and considerably extend the route by following a finger post towards Pym Chair (a viewpoint on the end of the ridge above) - options then would be to follow the lane back down to the reservoir or to walk the ridge to Shining Tor before following a footpath back down to reservoir).

Go up steps to reach and pass the white marker post.  Follow the path around the base of the hill on your left until you reach the ruins of an old cemetery.  Follow a signpost to Errwood Hall on the track going downhill.  Part way along the track we forked left via stone gateposts to reach the ruins again - then along the path we'd used earlier to reach them (i.e. to the right of the ruins as we approached this time).  We then turned left along the track, then through the gap in the wall back to the car park (if we'd stayed on the track from the cemetery we'd have reached the same point quicker!).

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