River Goyt Walk

River Goyt Walk

On Saturday we had an afternoon out the five of us. The weather was lovely – a really nice spring type day.

River Goyt walk via Woodbank Park in Stockport

The children and I had already been out in the morning whilst Damian did some work on the house but we headed down to Woodbank Park. Mr D was keen for us to go for a walk down the woods so we headed into the woodland area. It’s not an area I’ve been walking to before but I knew it would take us down to the River Goyt. I wasn’t entirely sure of the geography but figured that it should be a nice walk.

river goyt walk

We had a stroll around the small reservoir in Woodbank Park first then headed across to the path that took us down to the river. The path is quite steep and it was very muddy- much to the children’s delight. Even more so because they discovered that Damian doesn’t own a pair of wellies, so they took great joy in telling him that that would be his birthday present in May.

river goyt walk

We made our way down the steep path and towards the river. The river was incredibly fast flowing so we made sure we stayed well away and we followed the path along. It was a really nice day and it was a good opportunity to see the smaller tributaries that flowed down from the main park and into the river and talk to the children about that. We followed it up the next day by reading the beautiful The River book which follows the flow of a river to the sea.

river goyt walk

We continued our walk around and there are spots that in the summer I am sure we can get a little closer to the river, when it is calmer.

We followed the path around for a good while before deciding it was best to head back to the park and to the car. I was feeling tired (carrying a rather heavy Mr H takes its toll after a while!) and I knew that Mr D and Miss E would soon be tiring too.

We headed back across a huge field and into the back of the park and then back to the car. We were out for over an hour and a half and walked around 3.5km by the time we headed back to the car.

It was a lovely, muddy, walk and it was nice to get out in the fresh air together. It was, however, disappointing seeing just how dirty and polluted the river was. It was in parts filthy and covered in litter. Not good and very sad to see a wonderful natural resource so polluted.

river goyt walk

I’d love to see a big clean up of the river take place – has anyone been involved in something like this?



  1. 7th February 2017 / 10:08

    Looks like such a nice place for a walk, I need to get out and about more when the weather starts to get a little warmer x

  2. 7th February 2017 / 10:41

    My little ones love going out for walks like these too, we haven’t been on a one for ages though x

  3. Pat Burns
    7th February 2017 / 19:30

    It’s like that in parts where your dad walks. It’s such a shame

  4. 7th February 2017 / 22:46

    That looks like a lovely place to go for a walk. No rivers around here unfortunately

  5. 8th February 2017 / 06:26

    Looks like you had a lovely walk. We love to go out walking regularly 🙂

  6. 8th February 2017 / 12:44

    Looks like a relaxing walk when you can escape from all the hustle.

  7. 8th February 2017 / 20:30

    I love to take walks like this, so refreshing. Lovely pictures, looks like a fun walk.

  8. 8th February 2017 / 21:35

    i love days out like this with the smalies, your photos are stunning, im now looking forward to the brighter evenings

  9. 8th February 2017 / 21:39

    Shame about the litter that really makes me annoyed too. The walk is beautiful though xx

  10. 10th February 2017 / 20:30

    It saddens me when I see a dirty river. It really takes out the beauty of nature. I have never taking part in river clean up but would very much love to.

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