An early start this morning, taking Malcolm's mum to Manchester airport, via Chesterfield, to pick up her friend Mary on the way. As usual, all went well until we got to Stockport, where the A6 meets the M60. There is no 'proper' junction at this point, instead, you are directed all around the back-streets of Stockport, trying to dodge bus lanes, cycle lanes, parked vehicles, pedestrians and goodness-knows-what. All this would be OK if it were not for the total lack of intelligible roadsigns.
Eventually, we got to the airport and after dropping off Pat and Mary, we headed home via Macclesfield and the 'Cat and Fiddle' road over the moors towards Buxton. We stopped for a walk and a coffee at the Goyt Valley.
goyt or goit for stream or watercourse, which comes from the Old English word gota.
Successive Ice Ages shaped the exposed shale and grit-stone and later still the river Goyt started to carve out the valley as we see it today. The layers of carboniferous grits and shales reach their highest point at Shining Tor (1800ft).
Stockport Corporation Waterworks to acquire Goyt Valley for the building of two reservoirs. By 1930 the farms and houses were empty and demolished in order to provide an uncontaminated water catchment area.
The whole area is picturesque and, on days like today, silent - except for the singing birds, babbling water and, surprisingly this morning, a Tawny Owl hooting!