River Goyt

River Goyt

Country England
Main source Axe Edge Moor, Derbyshire
520 m (1,710 ft)[1]
River mouth River Mersey
40 m (130 ft)[2]
Progression Mersey—Irish Sea

The River Goyt is a river in North West England. It is one of the tributaries of the River Mersey.


The Goyt rises on the moors of Axe Edge, near the River Dane and the Cat and Fiddle Inn. The area is known as the Upper Goyt Valley. The old Cat and Fiddle Road from Buxton to Macclesfield crosses the river just as it turns northwards to flow down its well-known valley. The river then flows under Derbyshire Bridge, which was the old boundary between Derbyshire and Cheshire. Later it reaches an old packhorse bridge that was moved when Errwood reservoir was built in the 1960s (see photo below). Further downstream there is another reservoir, the Fernilee reservoir. The original line of the Cromford and High Peak Railway can be seen near this point.

The Goyt then passes through Taxal and Horwich End where it is joined by the Todd Brook. Thereafter it passes through Whaley Bridge, New Mills (where it is joined by the River Sett) and Marple Bridge. Having been joined by the River Etherow, the Goyt joins the River Tame at Stockport, forming the River Mersey.

The River Goyt is reputedly haunted by the ghost of a girl whose Royalist lover drowned in the river.[3]

Roman Bridge
The "Roman Bridge" over the River Goyt between New Mills and Marple Bridge is actually 17th century.
Confluence of Goyt and Tames
The Goyt (right) meets the Tame in Stockport to form the Mersey.
Goyts Bridge - the packhorse bridge (see Errwood Reservoir above) was partly broken in 1960, but restored when it was moved.
1968 River Goyt at Furness Vale when the colour depended on discharges from the calico print mills in the valley.


Route map: Bing / Google

KML is from Wikidata
  1. Environment Agency (March 2004). "The Tame, Goyt and Etherow catchement abstraction management strategy" (pdf). Environment Agency North West, Warrington. p. 6. Retrieved 2007-03-13.
  2. Boyce, D (August 2005). "Mersey and Bollin Catchment abstraction management strategy" (pdf). Environment Agency North West, Warrington. p. 5. Retrieved 2007-03-13.
  3. Ash, Russell (1973). Folklore, Myths and Legends of Britain. Reader's Digest Association Limited. p. 372. ISBN 9780340165973.

Further reading

"The Goyt Valley (Fact Sheet: 16)" (PDF). Peak District National Park Authority. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 

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