The Goyt Valley is situated within the Peak District National Park east of the A5004 Whaley Bridge to Buxton Road. To the south lies Goyt's Moss and to the north the village of Fernilee. The western side of the valley is flanked by Shining Tor (1,833') and Cats Tor (1,703').
The Goyt was once the separation between the Royle Forest of the Peak to the east and Macclesfield Forest to the west, where following the Norman Conquest, extensive strips of countryside were reserved for hunting game.
From the Errwood reservoir dam the view of the valley, in either direction, with its two reservoirs is magnificent.