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Padley Gorge and Longshaw

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Padley Gorge and Longshaw
Author: Peter Truman, Published: 17 Feb 2010 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Padley Gorge and Longshaw Walking Guide star1 Padley Gorge and Longshaw Walking Guide star1 Padley Gorge and Longshaw Walking Guide star1 Padley Gorge and Longshaw Walking Guide star0 Padley Gorge and Longshaw Walking Guide
Derbyshire, Dark Peak
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Padley Gorge and Longshaw
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Padley Gorge and Longshaw Walking Guide boot Padley Gorge and Longshaw Walking Guide boot Padley Gorge and Longshaw Walking Guide
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A 4 mile circular walk in Derbyshire. Imagine a bubbling brook finding its way down through a deep gorge lined with ancient trees. Burbage Brook starts on the high moorland near Stanage Edge, runs through the Burbage Valley below Higger Tor and Carl Wark then passes under the A6187 Hathersage Road and through Lawrence Field adjacent to the National Trust Longshaw Estate. It then runs downhill through Padley Gorge to Grindleford where it joins the River Derwent. Padley Gorge is a deep valley lined both sides with ancient woodland including oak, beech, birch and alder. Birdlife is plentiful and includes woodpeckers, flycatchers, dippers and plenty more. Its a beautiful place at almost any time of year, especially in autumn when the colours of the beech trees starting to fade are at their best. This walk starts at Grindleford station and up through the woods and over part of the Longshaw Estate. Then over to Lawrence Field and down through the delights of Padley Gorge. The views within Padley Gorge are intimate rather than large expanses given its situation. A bright sunny day is to be avoided for most photography given the harsh shadows that will be cast through the trees. A clear, overcast but bright autumn day is probably best as it should provide a great combination of autumn leaves and colour, even light and plenty of water in Burbage Brook.

The Longshaw Estate is a large area of land now owned and cared for by the National Trust. Whilst it is centred on Longshaw Lodge and nearby land and woods, it also encompasses Padley Gorge, Lawrence Field, White Edge Moor and Hay Wood. The Longshaw Estate has a wide variety of wildlife that is worth trying to see and, if the opportunity arises by joining one of the fairly frequent guided tours that are organised by the National Trust on site. A particularly good one is the Fungal Foray that takes place in late autumn; the variety of fungi is huge and there are many very rare species within the estate. Highly recommended. Many common and less common bird species are to be found, particularly through the wooded Padley Gorge and woods. In May there are always bluebells; my favourite place to see these is in Hay Wood.

This walk starts at Grindleford station which is accessed from the B6521 near Nether Padley. Trains run to Grindleford from Sheffield and Manchester or, if driving, there is some limited space to park in the road to the station. As with many parts of the Peak District and especially such gems as this, the car park can get very busy at weekends and public holidays, so you do need to be early if you want to park. Approximate post code S33 2HY.

Walk Sections

Start to Old Quarry
Start to Old Quarry

Start: OS ref SK251787
End: OS ref SK254793

Start point: 53.3052 lat, -1.6246 long
End point: 53.3108 lat, -1.6189 long

The walk starts at Grindleford railway station. Walk over the railway bridge and through the gap in the stone wall. Follow the path near the brook and follow this through the woods on the right hand side of the brook. This soon starts to go uphill gently and simply continue up the path enjoying the woodland until you meet the B6521 road by the disused quarry.

Old Quarry to Lawrence Field
Old Quarry to Lawrence Field

Start: OS ref SK254793
End: OS ref SK258799

Start point: 53.3108 lat, -1.6189 long
End point: 53.3157 lat, -1.6141 long

Cross the road to the quarry. This is often used for training climbers but go round the quarry basin counter-clockwise to follow the path round to the top of the quarry and from there through Granby Wood to the pond. If you wish, follow the path round the pond to the right and to Longshaw Lodge and the National Trust giftshop and cafe. Return and follow the path towards the B6521.

Lawrence Field to End
Lawrence Field to End

Start: OS ref SK258799
End: OS ref SK251787

Start point: 53.3157 lat, -1.6141 long
End point: 53.3052 lat, -1.6246 long

Cross the road again and go through the gate into Lawrence Field. Follow the path to the wooden footbridge and turn left immediately afterwards.
Now follow the path down through Padley Gorge and savour the views and light falling through the trees, listening to the brook rattling across the stones and the birds twittering... The path stays on the right hand side of the brook all the way down to the bottom and eventually crosses Burbage Brook via a wooden footbridge. This now joins the path we started on in Yarncliffe Wood. Follow this back to the station stopping, if you wish (and highly recommended) at Grindleford Station Cafe.

Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2010 by the author ptruman and may not be reproduced without permission.


3 comments for "Padley Gorge and Longshaw"

This is a lovely short walk, I got a bit lost at top of the quarry the directions are a bit vague, I soon got back on track in the Longshaw Est. It was a sunny winters day & a mug of tea and caramel slice went down well at the end of the walk at Grindleford Station Cafe

By tracey70 on 11 Feb 2016

Have to agree with Tracey 70, had the same problem, luckily GPS helped us out.
Beautiful walk but next time will stay on the Gorge to the top then cross over to the Estate.

By nige on 13 Jul 2016

Same problem as above! The trick is to go through the white gate on the road near the quarry and follow the path up to the top near the lake! Beautiful walk though, and a lovely cafe at longshaw mid-way if needed!

By jordandavidh on 10 Jun 2017

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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Yarncliff Wood
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Burbage Brook in Padley Gorge
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Burbage Brook
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Burbage Brook, Padley Gorge
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Burbage Brook, Padley Gorge
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Burbage Brook
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Burbage Brook, Padley Gorge
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Footbridge over Burbage Brook near bottom of Padley Gorge
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Steps up to footpath from footpbridge, Padley Gorge
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Path near the top of Yarncliff Wood
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Pond in Longshaw Estate
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Autumn colours by pond in Longshaw Estate
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Abandoned millstone in Yarncliff Wood
64_3ptruman1266360982 Padley Gorge and Longshaw Walking Guide Image by: Peter Truman
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Yarncliff Wood
64_4ptruman1266360982 Padley Gorge and Longshaw Walking Guide Image by: Peter Truman
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Path through Yarncliff Wood
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Pond at Longshaw Estate
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Burbage Brook flowing through Lawrence Field

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