Spring picnics at Longshaw

women and children sitting on fallen tree eating picnic

Pick up some delicious sandwiches and a slice of cake from our tea-room, or bring your own food and find a quiet spot at Longshaw to enjoy your picnic. Our visitor welcome volunteer Frances recommends some lovely spots to have a picnic:

"If you’ve got a hamper that’s too heavy to carry far, why not wander down from Woodcroft car park and spread out in the meadow on the right, near the Moorland Discovery Centre?  There’s an array of boulders that double up as natural tables and plenty of space to spread your picnic blankets out.

There’s space on the grass outside the tea-room to enjoy your picnic and perhaps round it off with a proper coffee or slice of fresh cake?

A short walk from the tea-room, (about 500 metres) following the pink waymarkers, you’ll arrive at the pond.  There are plenty of places to perch, and on the way you can explore the Longshaw’s natural play trail.  

Longshaw pond
couple standing at edge of pond blue sky
Longshaw pond


For a longer walk, follow the pink arrows and you’ll get to Padley Gorge, a popular spot near a Burbage Brook.  If you carry on across the Brook and follow the pink arrows upstream, you’ll find some lovely spots to stop and eat. 

Cooling off in Burbage Brook
two girls sitting on rock in stream
Cooling off in Burbage Brook

For a stunning view with a short walk, take the short steep steps up to Duke’s Seat, where you’ll find rocks to sit on. If you bring a kite, you're sure to find a breeze to fly it on.

Wherever you decide to stop for your picnic, please ensure you don't bring a barbecue as lighting a barbecue or campfire can cause great harm to the landscape and willdife. 

Come fly a kite at Longshaw
boy in shorts flying blue kite over heather blue sky
Come fly a kite at Longshaw