Known as the ‘Gateway to the Goyt Valley’, Whaley Bridge is located at the head of the scenic Peak Forest Canal; a great place for walks and wildlife-watching. This small village, below Toddbrook Reservoir, offers tranquil walks and a charming selection of shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants.
Centred around a conservation area and the Grade II* listed Transhipment Warehouse, once a key transfer station for limestone shipped across the UK, the tree-lined canal towpath lends itself to leisurely walking and cycling to both Bridgemont and historic Bugsworth Basin, and is also the starting point for long distance routes such as the Goyt Way and Midshires Way.
Bugsworth Basin, dating back to 1796, was once one of the largest inland ports ever built on the English canal network, and has been sensitively restored as a monument to 18th and 19th century industrial enterprise.
During its heyday, Bugsworth Basin handled more than 600 tons of limestone per day, but went into decline with the rise of the railways, closing in 1927.
The scenic Goyt Valley, with its reservoirs and wooded hillsides, is the perfect location for longer walks. A great option for a bracing walk and breathtaking views is Windgather Rocks, where climbers regularly practise their rock-scaling skills and walkers pause for a fortifying picnic when exploring the windswept moors of the Dark Peak.
- Disabled access
- Disabled toilets
Booking & Payment Details
- Cash Point
- Picnic site
- Children welcome
- Parking with charge
- Dogs Accepted
- Public toilets
- Telephone (public)
Map & Directions
On the A6 north of BuxtonAccessible by Public Transport: Whaley Bridge station is 0 miles away.