Things to see & do
Spring returns to Longshaw
Wander through the woods as new life returns. Hear the birds busily finding places to nest, see the dainty woodland flowers, look for clumps of frogspawn and necklaces of toadspawn in the pond and wait for the ducklings to venture from the rushes for their first swim.
Across the hills and moors, the haunting cries of curlews can be heard as they and other wading birds return from the coast to nest on the ground amongst the new green shoots of heather and bilberry. Dogs need to be on leads to avoid disturbing nests and lambs.
Longshaw Opens Bridleways
From Easter this year you will be able to explore Longshaw on 2 wheels or four hooves! There will be 2 new concessionary bridleways opened, connecting Longshaw to the wider landscape. The routes will be waymarked, wider gates will make access easier and cycle racks will be installed close to the tea room so that everyone can stop and enjoy our delicious cakes.
Natural Play at Longshaw
Longshaw offers spectacular views of the Peak District, with ancient woods, meadows, parkland, heather moorland and many unusual sites - from millstone quarries to packhorse routes.
Boasting breathtaking scenery and an abundance of wildlife, the Eastern Moors, managed by the RSPB and National Trust, has something for everyone. The site offers open access with a network of bridleways, footpaths and internationally renowned climbing edges. Located within the Peak District National Park, and on the fringes of Sheffield.
Froggatt is part of the Eastern Moors Partnership and is a wonderful place for walkers, climbers or just for a picnic.
18-21 April, 10.30am-3.30pm
Enjoy our self led Cadbury Easter Egg Trails over the Easter weekend and claim your Cadbury chocolate Egghead prize. Great fun for children of all ages and no booking required. £3 per child.
Fancy a run?
This trail running route around Longshaw is 7km long and offers some of the best woodland and views in Derbyshire.
Fancy a gentle bike ride on a level track with stunning views? Or maybe you want to go further afield and enjoy the wider moorland? From Easter you will be able to cycle or ride your horse along two new waymarked bridleway routes. These are concessionary, which means we can try them out and see how well they work. We're encouraging everyone to share, smile and take care to keep Longshaw special, 'forever, for everyone'.
As spring returns, Longshaw reawakens. Woodland birds find safe places to rear their young amongst the trees and woodland nestboxes. If you see a nestbox, wait quietly and watch to see if its being used.
Track the ants
Are you a teacher? Why not bring a group to Longshaw for a fun and educational day out with our learning team. There is more information on our Learning page.
Recipe for Play Longshaw! : Beautiful Longshaw, lots of fun, some rain, loads of snow and a pinch of sun, little Boggart testers, many volunteers (planners, designers, makers, monitors), some mischief and magic, a lot of mud and mess!
Watch this fun video celebrating the natural play area at Longshaw.