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Family walk: Errwood Hall, Goyt Valley, Buxton

A few weeks ago, we went on a walk around the ruins of Errwood Hall in the Goyt Valley, Buxton. It was a great place to explore with our three year old, and one that we’ll go back to do again.

Getting there

I first found details of the walk on a website which outlines several walks around the area (there are some good routes on here so worth checking out!). On the way there we hit a bit of a problem as the postcode we had for the car park took us to a hotel in the centre of Buxton. We ended up using Google Maps on our phones to find the right place, so double check which postcode and location you’re travelling to if you’re using a satnav and have zero sense of direction like me!

When you get to Errwood Reservoir, there are two car parks. The first one is just past a sailing club, but there’s another one slightly further down, which is closer to the ruins of Errwood Hall if you want to make the walk more managable for young children. Both are free of charge.

A car picnic at Errwood Resevoir, Buxton
Raining? Time for a car picnic!

It was a cloudy day when we went and it started raining as soon as we got there – but no complaints from our son, as that meant having a car picnic while we waited for it to dry up.

We didn’t stick to the exact route outlined on the website above, and there are some signs along the way to keep you on track. There are miles and miles of paths and routes around there, so you could make the walk as long or short as you like. I think we probably walked for about one and a half miles, and we were out exploring for nearly two hours.

The ruins of Errwood Hall, Buxton, are great fun to explore
The ruins of Errwood Hall, Buxton, are great fun to explore
More ruins of Errwood Hall, Goyt Valley, Buxton - great for family walks
More ruins of Errwood Hall, Goyt Valley, Buxton – great for family walks

Explore Errwood Hall

As well as the ruins of Errwood Hall, there are loads of interesting flora and fauna, twisted tree trunks and roots, crumbling brick walls, bridges and streams to play in. At times you feel like you’re in a set for The Lord of the Rings or the Hobbit! One word of warning – if you’ve got little ones running around, there are some fairly big drops along some of the walls.

Bridges and streams to play in and explore near Errwood Hall, the Goyt Valley, Buxton
Bridges and streams to play in and explore near Errwood Hall
Paddling in a stream near Errwood Hall, Buxton
Remember your wellies if you want to have a paddle!

I had our baby in a sling – you could probably get away with a buggy or pram but it’s a bit rough underfoot and there are some steps along the way.

There was a good ice cream van by the car park – so take change for some post-walk treats!

A baby sling might be best for this walk if you want to explore the ruins
A baby sling might be best for this walk if you want to explore the ruins
Peak District ice cream at Errwood Reservoir car park
Of course, we ended the walk with ice cream!

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Errwood Hall in the Goyt Valley in Buxton, Derbyshire is a great place to go for a family walk. Find out more here - including all the fun things for children to explore outdoors near the ruins and the reservoir.

2 thoughts on “Family walk: Errwood Hall, Goyt Valley, Buxton

  1. Hi. I work on the Goyt Valley website you mention at the start. I’ve never checked the SK17 6GJ postcode myself on a satnav, but other people have told me it’s correct. And if you put it in Google it’s right. So I’m not sure how it would take you to the centre of Buxton! Did you enter it correctly? David

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