The stone bridge you can see was originally built at Goyt’s Bridge – which is now beneath Errwood Reservoir. The bridge was removed and rebuilt in this spot to save it from destruction. Do you recognise it in the image below showing it in its original position?
According to historic records, the bridge was built further down the valley, at Goyt’s Bridge, in around 1762, on an ancient salt route. Teams of ponies would cross at this point in the valley, transporting salt from Cheshire into Derbyshire.
The lead pony in a train would wear a bell attached to its harness. This bell warned other trains to wait at passing places, and sometimes advertising the approach of the pony train to potential customers. You can see a pony bell like this on display at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery.