Father's Day at Longshaw

Family walks past rhododendrons

Bring dad for a short wander or a big adventure at Longshaw this Father's Day. There are temptations like ice cream and paddling at Padley, or why not challenge the family to do a long walk?

Longshaw is covered with a maze of footpaths, so let us help you find your way.  We have three circular waymarked walks, all starting from outside the cafe - simply follow the coloured arrows.  Pick up a leaflet from the shed or cafe.  The walks are marked on a map inside the leaflet.   

For a short family wander follow the pink arrows from the tea-room to the pond and back.  We’ve put fences up to keep the cattle out, and it’s accessible with buggies and wheelchairs alike.  
If you’re visiting with kids, make sure you look out for boggarts and stop off at natural play places like Boggart Rise and Boggart Burrow.

Family time at Longshaw.
family sitting by pond under trees
Family time 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. Please note there is a road crossing, steps and some narrow gates on this route. On a sunny day, there's usually an ice-cream van to tempt the kids to venture further.  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 outside cafe.  The orange walk is about 1 mile and is accessible with a buggy. It takes you along the level main drive and then down through some woodland and back to the cafe past the pond.

The blue route offers a long level stretch right along to the end of the main drive, crossing over the road and then reaching up towards White Edge Lodge, an old gamekeepers house and now a National Trust holiday cottage with panoramic moorland views. The route retuns to the cafe past Wooden Pole.

Let the kids run free at Longshaw.
couple pushing pushchair on grassy path, children ahead under trees, view across to hills on left
Let the kids run free at Longshaw.

If you’d like to be more intrepid, why not have a look at one of our ranger's recommended downloadable walks?