Prior to 1968, Goyt’s Bridge was a picturesque hamlet and a focal point of the Goyt Valley, but it now lies beneath the reservoir, near the far side of the reservoir opposite where you are standing. The pack horse bridge and stepping stones became a popular tourist spot and were immortalized in many postcards, paintings and photographs.
This postcard depicts this popular view with the stone bridge and farm buildings in the background and a brave gentleman attempting to cross the River Goyt via the more challenging route of The Stepping Stones. His style of dress indicates that this was early in the twentieth century.
The pack horse bridge was actually saved before the reservoir was flooded. It was dismantled and moved further up the river to the south.
This oil painting from the art collection is an idyllic rendition of Goyt’s Bridge and The Stepping Stones. The artist is called GM Brown and I wonder if he or she had any notion that the scene would one day be lost under the cold dark waters of the reservoir?