River Goyt

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River Goyt
River Goyt from Jim Fearnley Bridge.jpg
River Goyt map.png
The River Goyt is highlighted in red
Coordinates: 53°24′51″N 2°09′25″W / 53.41420°N 2.15689°W / 53.41420; -2.15689
Physical characteristics
 • locationAxe Edge Moor, Derbyshire
 • elevation520 m (1,710 ft)[1]
 • location
River Mersey
 • elevation
40 m (130 ft)[2]
Length48.844 km (30.350 mi)
Basin features
ProgressionMersey—Irish Sea
 • leftTodd Brook
 • rightSett, Etherow
River Goyt
Joins River Tame to form the River Mersey
Culvert at Stockport
Poise Brook at Offerton
Torkington Brook
A627 at Marple
Peak Forest Canal over Marple Aqueduct
Sheffield–Manchester Line
River Etherow
A626 at Marple Bridge
Hollywood Brook
Mellor Brook
Roman Lakes
Sheffield–Manchester Line
River Sett
A6015 at New Mills
Shedyard Brook
Sheffield–Manchester Line
Buxton–Manchester Line
Black Brook
Peak Forest Canal
A5004 at Whaley Bridge
Buxton–Manchester Line
Toddbrook Reservoir
Randal Carr Brook
Fernilee Reservoir
Errwood Reservoir
Source on Axe Edge Moor

The River Goyt is a tributary of the River Mersey in North West England.


The name Goyt may be derived from the Middle English gote, meaning "a watercourse, a stream".[3] Derivation from the Welsh gwyth meaning "vein" has been suggested, but described as "doubtful".[4]


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, built in 1938.[5] 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 section of the Goyt valley between Etherow Country Park and Whaley Bridge is followed by the Goyt Way, a 10-mile (16 km) walking route and part of the longer Midshires Way.[6]

The River Goyt is reputedly haunted by the ghost of a girl whose Royalist lover drowned in the river.[7]


The river's Environment Agency pollution classification changed from moderate to poor in its lower section from the Etherow to the Mersey in 2016,[8] and in 2015 for the New Mills to Whaley Bridge length.[9] Otherwise the quality is moderate.[10][11]


  • Poise Brook (L)
    • Ochreley Brook (R)
  • Torkington Brook (L)
    • Marple Brook (R)
  • Padden Brook ?
  • St Chad's Brook ?
  • River Etherow (R)
  • Marple Bridge Brook ? (R)
  • Hollywood Brook ? (R)
  • Mellor Brook ? (R)
  • Linnet Brook ? (R)
  • Strines Brook ? (R)
  • Higgin's Brook ? (L)
  • River Sett (R)
    • River Kinder (R)
      • Upper Brook ? (L)
      • William Brook ? (R)
      • Blackshaws Brook ? (L)
      • Red Brook (L)
  • Shedyard Brook ? (R)
  • Waterside Brook ? (R)
  • Green Botham Brook ? (R)
  • Todd Brook (L)
    • Gnathole Brook (L)
    • Carr Brook (R)
  • Randal Carr Brook (R)
    • Meveril Brook (L)
      • Brook Houses Brook (R)


See also[edit]

List of mills in New Mills area


Route map:

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ Environment Agency (March 2004). "The Tame, Goyt and Etherow catchment abstraction management strategy". Environment Agency North West, Warrington. p. 6. Archived from the original (pdf) on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 13 March 2007.
  2. ^ Boyce, D (August 2005). "Mersey and Bollin Catchment abstraction management strategy". Environment Agency North West, Warrington. p. 5. Archived from the original (pdf) on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 13 March 2007.
  3. ^ "The place-names of England and Wales". Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  4. ^ Studia Celtica. University of Wales Press. 2006. p. 47. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  5. ^ "History". Goyt Valley Online. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Goyt Way". Long Distance Walkers Association. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  7. ^ Ash, Russell (1973). Folklore, Myths and Legends of Britain. Reader's Digest Association Limited. p. 372. ISBN 9780340165973.
  8. ^ "Catchment Data Explorer - Goyt (Etherow to Mersey)". environment.data.gov.uk. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Catchment Data Explorer - River Goyt (Sett to Etherow)". environment.data.gov.uk. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  10. ^ "Catchment Data Explorer - River Goyt (Sett to Etherow)". environment.data.gov.uk. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Catchment Data Explorer - River Goyt (Source to Randall Carr Brook)". environment.data.gov.uk. Retrieved 14 August 2019.

Further reading[edit]

"The Goyt Valley (Fact Sheet: 16)" (PDF). Peak District National Park Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 May 2013. Retrieved 28 April 2014.