Family walks at Longshaw

Family walking through woodland at Longshaw

Whether you're looking for a short wander or a big adventure, Longshaw's a great place to come for a family walk.

Longshaw is covered with a maze of footpaths, so let us help you find your way.  We have three waymarked walks, all starting from outside the Longshaw Lodge - simply follow the coloured arrows. Take a photo of the map that is on our Welcome Building in our main Woodcroft car park and that way you have a map with you at all times and it saves on paper.  

For a short family wander follow the pink arrows from nearby the Longshaw Lodge to the pond, this route includes steps and goes across terrain which varies with the weather. There are fences in this area to keep the cattle separate from the pathway. Why not download a 50 Things to do before you're 11 ¾  wallchart before you set off and then see how many challenges you can complete on your adventures across the Longshaw estate?

A family enjoying the woodland walk at Longshaw
A family enjoying the woodland walk at Longshaw
A family enjoying the woodland walk at Longshaw

Want to venture further?  Follow the pink arrows on a 1.5 mile circular walk to Padley Gorge, where paddling and picnics are popular but please remember to take all your litter home with you. The circuit continues along the brook and back through twisting woods on a stone track, past boulders that you can picnic and play on.

There are two other waymarked walks, both starting from nearby the Longshaw Lodge. The orange walk is about 1 mile and depending on the time of year can be accessible with a buggy or wheelchair. Our rangers work hard to maintain this path but sometimes after heavy rainfall the path can present a challenging terrain for buggies and wheelchairs, so please bear this is in mind when planning your trip. For those wanting a little more of a challenge the blue walk is a little longer and takes you on a 3 mile walk. This route includes kissing gates and a main road crossing.  and steps (pink route

Help look after the places you love to visit by making memories, taking only photographs and leaving only footprints....or pawprints behind.

Family playing in the autumn leaves
Family playing in the autumn leaves
Family playing in the autumn leaves