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3rd May 1958 - Goyt Valley

Twenty boys and girls met at Marple Station, and a further eight joined the group at Buxton for an exploration of the Goyt Valley.

Robin Lambert succeeded in losing the party before Buxton was left behind. It was later discovered that he reported himself to the police station and then travelled back to Marple by train. He was seen in the police station at Mellor by Mr Mason in the evening on completion of the ramble.

On leaving Buxton the track of the Old Macclesfield Road was followed for about 1½ miles before a course was taken across the moors to strike the River Goyt about a quarter of a mile from its head. The Goyt was then followed, with several deviations and stops for exploration, as far as Whaley Bridge. The return to Marple was made by bus.

WW1960-015 In Dry Dales
WW1960-015 In Dry Dales (from another walk)

The weather was excellent and much pleasure was obtained in scrambling around the rocky valley. A diversion was made to explore the grounds and ruin of Errwood House before continuing alongside Fernilee Reservoir to the dam. Here the party became divided - a small group led by John Gregory crossed the dam and completed the journey to Whaley Bridge by way of the A6 road. The remainder stayed on the south side of the river and made a route to Whaley Bridge over the fields and hills via Taxal.

Here was a further subdivision as a portion of this group forged ahead somewhat and, under the guidance of Ann Mason, took a wrong turn, thus covering some extra distance and arriving at Whaley Bridge about forty minutes after the main party. No concern was felt for this group as it included Frank Kirk, who was rapidly becoming a reliable leader.

Mr Mason was the only adult with this outing, but great help was received from the Head Girl, Monica Wild, and prefects Ann Eden and Frank Kirk.

A very successful outing. On Monday it was learnt that Janet Bostock (a staunch supporter of the club) had arrived a little late at Buxton and made her own way home across country - an excellent, if somewhat unwise, performance.

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