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|Day 1||Werneth Low & The Goyt Way||14.6miles / 2261 feet (23.4km / 689m)|
Some photos from a single day walk of the Goyt Way (GW), a route of ~10m (16km) from Etherow visitor centre in Compstall to Whaley Bridge, extended to start at Godley station with an ascent of Werneth Low with its War Memorial and viewpoint. The extension also includes the western part of Etherow Country Park.
This was a walk of scenic variety with the highlights of Werneth Low with its extensive clear views, Torrs gorge with its elevated walkway, viaducts and rock faces, canal towpaths and much excellent woodland to enjoy along the way.
The GW is an old route of the far western Peak District and is not generally waymarked as such except in a few spots, we saw only a handful of finger posts bearing the above logo but it is easy enough to follow on the map from the route file. It is coincident with a section of the Midshires Way.
A hot sunny day with a good cooling breeze was perfect for this walk, giving great views from Werneth Low and the peak for flora and fauna.
A couple of minor curiosities: entering Werneth Low, separate ascent paths are maintained for walkers and bridleway users, the latter specifically signed "no walkers allowed", that''s a first. Roman Bridge Lake near Marple is private, inaccessible to walkers and firmly signed as such, but the air of authority extends to the public bridleway outside that is signed "No galloping", another first for us.