Project summary

We are looking to appoint a contractor to project manage the specification, tendering process, and oversee delivery of an access for all route within the Goyt Valley (Goyt valley SSSI). Please click here to view the tender documents and for more information.

The Better Outside project is working to improve visitor experiences throughout the countryside of the South West Peak. This wide-reaching project has a goal of improving access in a number of areas for those who wish to fully enjoy the outdoors, but are dealing with health or mobility issues.

As part of the plan for this project two walking routes in the Goyt Valley will be upgraded to make them suitable for access by all visitors. This important work, which is already in progress, will make exploring this beautiful area a little easier for those who want to fully experience the South West Peak. The route along the eastern shore of Fernilee Reservoir has been resurfaced, thanks to grant funding from Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund, but we have a few alterations to complete before we can fully open it and shout about it.

We are aware that some new fencing has recently been erected along part of the Goyts Lane route and are working with Peak District National Park specialists and United Utilities to ensure this does not impact on enjoyment of the route.

Funding organisations who are helping to make this work in the Goyt Valley possible:

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What we're doing

  • Improving the health of visitors and residents by providing easier access to areas of exceptional natural beauty
  • Educating people about the natural and cultural heritage of the South West Peak
  • Integrating with the Peak District National Park Miles without Stiles programme; which seeks to open up the outdoors to those with physical limitations
  • Repairing and improving existing trails in the South West Peak for all users. This includes fixing potholes and resurfacing the selected routes
  • Allowing easier access for quiet enjoyment


Learn more about how to have fun in the great outdoors responsibly!

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When you take your dog into the outdoors, always ensure they do not disturb wildlife, farm animals, horses or other people by keeping your furry friend under control.

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Make sure you stay on designated footpaths. They might be muddy but by avoiding the mud the path is widened and that means less moorland for us all to enjoy.

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Increasing access to, and use of, good quality natural environments can help improve health.

Who's working on this project?

Karen Shelley-Jones

Karen Shelley-Jones

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Sara Smithson

Sara Smithson

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Our partners

  • Peak District National Park Authority
  • Staffordshire County Council
  • United Utilities