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Goyt Valley and Burbage Edge

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Starting in Buxton you will pass through the golf course before climbing up onto the moorland and down into Goyt Valley. Following clear paths over streams and past the reservoir, you will climb back up to Burbage Edge. Rejoining the road in Buxton you will complete the loop by finishing back at the opera house.
Distance 15.2 km
3:30 h
383 m
380 m
501 m
297 m
Beginning your day in the idyllic old spa town of Buxton, home of the famous Buxton spring water, you start your journey outside the iconic Opera House. From here, you will head through the golf course before winding through small farms, cottages and forests before rising up to the moor and dropping down into Goyt Valley. The views here are beautiful as the open moor sweeps away in front of you, punctuated by small streams and old stone walls. Rising back up from the Goyt Valley, you will walk up and over Burbage Edge, with open views in every direction before coming back into Buxton, a town full of pubs, cafes, restaurants and bookshops - perfect for refuelling and whiling away the rest of your day.

Author’s recommendation

Make sure you leave enough time to take a look around Buxton, this thriving little town has a lot to offer, from the Opera House and pavilion gardens to the fresh spring and independent shops, there is something for everyone. 
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Update: October 13, 2020
Highest point
501 m
Lowest point
297 m
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Safety information

There are some road crossings, always be aware of traffic and be sure to use a pavement/sidewalk where possible, where it isn’t walk on the right-hand side of the road,

Some of the ground can be uneven, with steep descents and muddy/boggy ground. Ensure you have suitable footwear and step cautiously where needed, the mud is especially tricky in wet weather.

A note about farms and animals: Be very aware of closing gates behind you. Remember, animals on a farm are not pets and can be closer to a wild animal than a domestic pet - particularly for dogs. The main risk today is horses as the path often crosses fields with grazing horses.

When crossing the streams, be wary of slippery and loose stones, if you feel unsure bring walking poles for support, and you can always find a more suitable crossing a little up or downstream.

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Food and Drink

There is nowhere to stop for food on the way. It is recommended to bring a packed lunch from Buxton (there are plenty of shops) or some snacks with a view to getting a hot lunch when you return to Buxton later in the day.


Points of Interest

Buxton Opera House

Buxton Opera House is in The Square, Buxton, Derbyshire, England. It is a 902-seat opera house that hosts the annual Buxton Festival and, from 1994 to 2013, the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, among others, as well as pantomime at Christmas, musicals and other entertainments year-round. Hosting live performances until 1927, the theatre then was used mostly as a cinema until 1976. In 1979, it was refurbished and reopened as a venue for live performance.


Burbage Edge

The Burbage Valley is surrounded by the long exposed gritstone of Burbage Edge the two peaks of Carl Wark and Higger Tor. It starts at Longshaw, the hunting lodge built in the 1830s for the Duke of Rutland to entertain parties of visitors as they bagged their grouse from the nearby moorland, and runs around the valley to provide and good round trip back to Longshaw.


Goyt Old Railway Line

Opened in 1831, this 33-mile railway connected the Cromford Canal with the Peak Forest Canal in Whaley Bridge. It was a triumph of Victorian ingenuity and determination to join these two important canals over this sometimes bleak and challenging terrain.




Buxton Opera House (297 m)
OS Grid
SK 05650 73523
53.258686, -1.916757
53°15'31.3"N 1°55'00.3"W
30U 572260 5901595


Buxton Opera House

Turn-by-turn directions

0.00 km - Begin on Water Street with the Opera House to your left and the Old Clubhouse to your right, head STRAIGHT ON ascending the road and the BEAR LEFT to join the pavement of the main road

0.64 km - Cross the road carefully, and TURN RIGHT up Carlisle Road, signposted for the Golf Course

0.82 km - TURN LEFT descending Watford Road

1.10 km - TURN LEFT off-road signposted Public footpath and Cavendish Golf course (green sign), stay on the path as you pass through the golf course

1.90 km - Pass through the metal gate as you leave the golf course STRAIGHT ON

2.0 km - Pass through the gate into the farmyard, BEAR LEFT passing the property to your right

2.30 km - When you reach a wall with a metal gate, BEAR RIGHT without passing through the gate, following the wall up keeping it to your left

2.50 km - Enter the garden through the wooden gate, passing the home to your right and joining the descending lane

3.00 km - TURN RIGHT off the road and ascend the footpath steps signposted Public Footpath

3.10 km - BEAR RIGHT ascending the footpath

3.20 km - Pass through the wooden gate and then BEAR RIGHT 

3.40 km - Pass over the crest of the hill and continue STRAIGHT ON path as it descends

3.80 km - TURN RIGHT down the ide grass path, walled on both sides signposted for Goyts Lane

5.60 km - Pass small lake on right before you TURN LEFT descending small path signposted to Wildmorestone Brook

6.00 km - Path forks before you reach the stream, BEAR RIGHT and then cross the large wooden bridge

6.50 km - Head STRAIGHT ON through the wooden gate passing a large lake to your right

6.70 km - TURN RIGHT off the track, following the path that runs alongside the wall

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7.00 km Pass through the wall but continue STRAIGHT ON

8.30 km - BEAR LEFT ascending when you pass the waterfall on your right

8.80 km - BEAR LEFT ignoring the bridge to your right

9.70 km - BEAR RIGHT to cross a small stream and continue to ascend

10.30 km -  TURN LEFT at the wall and keep the wall to your right as you follow it

11.00 km - STRAIGHT ON at the way stone

11.70 km - Pass the gate at the bottom of the hill then BEAR LEFT and then BEAR RIGHT

12.30 km - Cross over the main path and TURN RIGHT following the sign for Buxton and Bishops Lane, you are now retracing your steps temporarily

12.50 km - Crest the ridge and BEAR LEFT until meet wooden gate, pass through the gate and TURN RIGHT at bottom of the hill on to the main road

12.60 km - TURN RIGHT at the road, descending Bishops Lane

14.`00 km - TURN LEFT on to the main road

15.10 km - TURN RIGHT at the cinema

15.20 km - You are back at the opera house, your day of walking is finished






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OS Grid
SK 05650 73523
53.258686, -1.916757
53°15'31.3"N 1°55'00.3"W
30U 572260 5901595
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Sturdy waterproof boots as the path can be slippery and wet in parts.

Walking poles for stream crossing and muddy descents if the weather is wet.

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RD Merritt
May 30, 2022 · Community
A more technically difficult 15.2km walk than the 'moderate' rating and it takes longer than the 3h30m allocated. The descent at 11.5km was a bit treacherous - the mountain bikers do wreak some havoc with the trails - we cut our own trail through the heather and bracken down the hill. Comparatively, the Tideswell Circular walk at 19.6km is rated difficult but is easier technically though longer. This Goyt Valley walk took us 6 hours which included a lunch stop and stops to enjoy the amazing views and take pictures. I would suggest ranking this route difficult when compared to other walks on this Peak District trip and provide a range of times - from 3h30m to 6h depending on how one enjoys walking.
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When did you do this route? May 07, 2022
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15.2 km
3:30 h
383 m
380 m
Highest point
501 m
Lowest point
297 m
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