Things to see & do

Spring returns to Longshaw

Longshaw reawakens gently with the daintiest woodland flowers ©

Longshaw reawakens gently with the daintiest woodland flowers

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

Explore Longshaw on two wheels © Geoff Durrant

Explore Longshaw on two wheels

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

Search for Boggart baths in puddles and make Boggart footprints in mud © National Trust / Tim Riley

Search for Boggart baths in puddles and make Boggart footprints in mud

Delve deep into Longshaw’s hidden places for balancing adventures in the woods and tunnels in the rhododendrons, and doors into imaginary places. Visit the natural habitat of the Boggarts!

Check out our great Play Longshaw! video.


Explore the Peak District with your family for a great day out © Joe Cornish

Explore the Peak District with your family for a great day out

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.

Eastern Moors

Walk along the edges experience this wonderful place © Kim Strawbridge

Walk along the edges experience this wonderful place

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 Edge

If you want walks with amazing views then look no further © Eastern Moors Partnership

If you want walks with amazing views then look no further

Froggatt is part of the Eastern Moors Partnership and is a wonderful place for walkers, climbers or just for a picnic.

What's on

Join us for fun in the Peak District © NT Peak District

There's always something to look forward to in the Peak District. Walks, talks, wildflowers and woodworking to geocaching, ant trails and dry stone walling.


2014 Cadbury Easter Egg Trail Logo © Cadbury

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 run offers some of the best woodland in Derbyshire © Trail Running

This trail running route around Longshaw is 7km long and offers some of the best woodland and views in Derbyshire.


Have fun riding your bike at Longshaw

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'.

New life

See ho wmany nestboxes you can find in Longshaw's woods. © rob pocklington

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

Follow the Northern Hairy Wood Ant Trail at Longshaw © National Trust

Pick up the special map at the Longshaw shop and follow the trail of the northern hairy wood ants. There is a project underway to research the behaviour of wood ants at Longshaw.

50 things

Here's a little secret: the Great Outdoors really is great! It's full of crazy creatures and adventures. So we've tracked down the 50 coolest outdoor things to do before you're 11¾, can you handle it?

School visits

There are over 200 volunteers across the Peak District Estate

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.


Follow the great ridge along to Mam Tor in Castleton for wonderful views

We have lots of great things across the Peak District. See our other pages for details:

Play Longshaw!

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.