Panorama of the Padley Gorge hike in Peak District, England
Panorama of the Padley Gorge hike in Peak District, England

Padley Gorge hike

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Trailhead at Longshaw Estate from the Padley Gorge Hike in Peak District, EnglandA creative woodland space for children on the Padley Gorge Hike in Peak District, EnglandThe lodge on the Padley Gorge Hike in Peak District, EnglandThe pond along the Padley Gorge Hike in Peak District, EnglandHigger Tor and Burbage Edge on the Padley Gorge Hike in Peak District, EnglandBridge over Burbage Brook on the Padley Gorge Hike in Peak District, EnglandWalking into the gorge on the Padley Gorge Hike in Peak District, EnglandAncient woodland on the Padley Gorge Hike in Peak District, EnglandStation Cafe at Grindleford on the Padley Gorge Hike in Peak District, EnglandYarncliffe Wood on the Padley Gorge Hike in Peak District, EnglandLongshaw Estate grounds on Padley Gorge Hike in Peak District, England

Padley Gorge hike

Distance: 3.7mi
Elevation: 643ft
Time: 2h

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A fantastic hike starting from the beautiful Longshaw estate, following a bustling brook through the Burbage Valley to the village of Grindleford, and finally walking you back through the Yarncliffe Wood. Family friendly.

Please note this area is seeing a significant increase in litter, illegal fires, off-lead dogs, irresponsible parking, and overcrowding. Due to this, we encourage you to consider visiting another area in the Peak District at this time or ensure you are respecting the rules outlined by Peak District National Trust during your visit.

Padley Gorge hike Map

Getting there

Starting Point is Longshaw Estate. For drivers, access is via the A6187 between Sheffield and Hathersage. Follow the brown signs from the Fox House to the Woodcroft car park( Pay and Display).

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About

When to do

All Year

Backcountry Campsites

No

Toilets

At the trailhead and Grindleford Cafe

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

High

Route Type

Circuit


Padley Gorge
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Route Description for Padley Gorge

From the main Woodcroft car park, follow the signs to the Estates National Trust tearoom and the beginning of the hike. Follow the path left and through a small gate then take the right fork in the direction of the estates pond. Curve right around the pond and then continue slightly downhill into Granby Wood.

You will emerge at a stone barn (Granby Barn) by a road (B6521). Carefully cross the road and make your way through the small gate straight opposite. Descend down the path keeping slightly right and cross the wooden bridge over Burbage Brook. Immediately turn left and follow the path parallel to the brook as it descends into Padley Gorge.

The path stays on the right hand side of the brook all the way to the bottom of the Gorge when you reach another wooden bridge. Cross and continue along the footpath to the Totley Tunnel and Grindleford Station. At 3.5mi long the Totley Tunnel is one of the longest in the country!

At this point you can choose cross over the railway bridge and have a break at the Old Grindleford Station Cafe or continue on your hike.

On the return, follow along the brook until you see the path fork right uphill. Follow this pleasant track through Yarncliffe Wood until it emerges at the B6521 again, by an old disused quarry, often used for training climbers.

Go around the right hand side of the Quarry basin until you reach the top and the edge of Granby Wood. From here you can pick up the footpath across the Longshaw estate back to the pond and the Shooting lodge where you began.

Want to find a more challenging walk in the Peak District? Check out the Stanage Edge Walk or the Dovedale Walk.

Insider Hints

  • On a sunny day there is a little ice cream van that waits on the B5621 by Granby Barn. Pick up a 99 and relax by one of the brooks many pools.

  • Consider a visit in May when Yarncliffe wood is covered in a beautiful blanket of bluebells.

  • Padley Gorge is the best place in the Peak District to see Pied Flycatchers. These rare migratory birds arrive back to the UK from West Africa every April.

  • You can also choose to park for free along the road by the Fox House. For public transport take the 272 Sheffield – Castleton or the 214 Sheffield – Matlock and alight at the Fox House.

Comments

waqaas 4 months ago

This was a great walk, beautiful scenery and views. Great to see some animals up close, Sheep especially! First walk I've done personally, so took a few moments to work out which direction to take at a fork in the path when looking at the map but wasn't too difficult to work out. Took a bit longer with the family, going slow and stopping for photos.

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Melister87 4 months ago

This is a national trust park, so you can park for free if you’re a member. The kids really enjoyed it and it was an amazing day out, so much to explore and sit down to have a picnic by the stream.

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Anna 6 months ago

Beautiful route. Peaceful place. Easy to walk. Highly recommend :)

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[email protected] 7 months ago

Beautiful!

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Karl 7 months ago

A nice little hike. Ideal as a taster. Good area to have a dip in the brook or have a picnic.

Ruth Ellen 11 months ago

Hey i am looking to do who's walk tomorrow, but can dogs go off lead here or is there somewhere I can take them? Thanks

pikina74 11 months ago

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Charliechoco 1 year ago

easy as a walk in the park. peaceful surroundings.

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unicorn_lady 1 year ago

I would say the trail was carefully thought of. There were many changes of scenery from the vast estate, through the woods, to charming villages. I quite enjoyed it especially the lovely people in the place. I definitely recommend this.

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Jameslove15 1 year ago

The hike was fantastic. the longshaw estate was massive and gorgeous.

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