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- Rural Setting
- Goyt Valley
- Close to Whaley Bridge
- Sheep Free
Not far from Whaley Bridge is the hamlet of Taxal which consists of a church and a few farm houses, and huge massive hilly moorland, taxal edge moor off Taxal Moor Lane.
Depending on the size of the walk you want to do you could park in Taxal Layby off Long Hill and walk up to Taxal Village follow the paths through fields up hill to Taxa Moor Lane and climb up to the edge.
I would recommend starting at the very top of Macclesfield road and after the left turning called the rise is a foot path, which takes you through a lovely maze of trees its called Taxal Beeches and the path comes out at the bottom of taxal edge turn right and head up hill following the lane and then turn left at the top and you will see the start of the ridge.
Its not to steep and once your on the foot path over the ridge its pretty easy going path. You can walk to Windgather rocks, look over to Bowstones in Higher Disley one way and Ladder Hill the other way, or on foot with some wingling and wangling you could end up at Fernilee Reservoir the Goyt Valley.
In summer months there are cows roaming up there which are always timid, but obviously leave a lot of mess everywhere and always put your dogs on leads around farm animals.
As it is such a large quiet expanse its also a favourite for dog walkers with reactive dogs so be careful with your own dogs.
Despite this being a foot path over the top of the Taxal Edge, cyclisits in groups, at the weekend especially ignore this fact so be careful as i have noted they do not really slow down for anyone!
Most of the time especially in winter you can walk for ages and not see a soul.