Padley Gorge & Longshaw

The Peak District National Park was created in 1951, the first national park in the UK. Walking in the Peak District can be quite varied, with the more gentle limestone dales of the White Peak and the higher, gritstone moors of the Dark Peak, meaning there’s something for everyone.

Padley Gorge & Longshaw

The Longshaw Estate and neighbouring Padley Gorge are popular with visitors to the Peak District, but for good reason – it’s very picturesque! This walk takes in two lovely, wooded river valleys, a good café, a pub and some great views across both the Dark and White Peak.

The walk starts from the Pay and Display car park at Longshaw. Initially it’s an easy ramble through the estate, round a large pond and onto Padley Gorge. At this point the walk descends into the wooded river valley, dropping down sometimes muddy paths to the railway station at Grindleford, and the famous Grindleford Café. It’s then a steep walk back up to the Longshaw Estate, before a more gentle amble over to the A625.

There’s an opportunity here to call into the Grouse pub, but otherwise you climb gently through moorland before a flat walk along grassy paths back to the car park, with great views across the Hope Valley. It’s a lovely walk.

Walk Details

Distance – 7km or 4.3 miles

Ascent – 250 metres or 820 feet.

Terrain – Easy paths round Longshaw, woodland footpaths (sometimes muddy), and a steep climb up from the valley.

Getting There

Parking is available at the National Trust Car park. If that’s busy, you could park and start the walk at a different point, including Grindleford café (start stage 7), or neat the Grouse Inn (start stage 10).

Train is feasible from both Manchester and Sheffield, alighting at Grindleford (times here), and the walk start is also served by the good 272/273 bus – for bus routes and times here.

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