Visiting over Easter

Easter may still be a bit different this year but don't let that stop you popping on your best Easter outfit to celebrate!

A moment of planning now can help to ensure that you make the most of your day out and that you are helping us to stay open safely. Knowing how to explore and enjoy the countryside safely and responsibly, allows everyone to be safe and helps protect our people and places. Read on for more information....

Easter at Longshaw

Head to the Welcome Building at Longshaw to find out about our self-led Easter Trail for families. This year there won't be a paper trail to collect and there is no charge. We want everyone’s visit to be enjoyable and safe, so if you find the area busy, please come back later.

At the Welcome Building, take a photo of the orientation map. You will be following the Orange Route. Along the way you’ll spot and count some Easter bunnies, captivating curlew, spring sheep and maybe the odd March hare! There will be fun facts and activities to have a go at too – so make sure you’re feeling lively!

Find time to stop and notice nature this spring
Find time to stop and notice nature this spring
Find time to stop and notice nature this spring

Spring it such an exciting time for nature. Little lambs are being born, busy birds are nesting and beautiful bulbs and blossoms are brightening up the countryside. Remember to look, listen and smell your way around the trail so you don’t miss anything. Did you know that many birds, including curlew, nest on the ground and not in trees? And they are very often camouflaged so it’s really difficult to know where the are. If you have dog, you can help keep chicks safe by keeping your four legged furry friend on a short lead and on paths.

At the end of the trail, find out if you spotted all the rabbits, curlew, sheep and hares by checking out the answers on the chalkboard.

Cut out spring lambs at Longshaw
Lamb cut outs on the parkland at Longshaw
Cut out spring lambs at Longshaw

Download our Cardboard binoculars: How to guide (PDF / 0.3MB) download and make your own to bring with you to help you notice nature along your walk.  We would love to see photos of you enjoying the trail and using your home made binoculars by sharing your photos with us over social media and tagging us in @PeakDistrictNT and use the #everyoneneedsnature hashtag.

The trail will be set up for local visitors to enjoy from Saturday 27th March until Sunday 18th April.

Take a closer look at the nature close to your feet, a world in miniature awaits to be discovered and admired
Take a closer look at the nature close to your feet, a world in miniature awaits to be discovered and admired
Take a closer look at the nature close to your feet, a world in miniature awaits to be discovered and admired

Longshaw Cafe

The Longshaw Cafe is now open 10am - 4pm, 7 days a week. Please follow the signs to the cafe. Croft Cabin and the temporary toilets in our main Woodcroft car park, are now closed. Our main toilets are located within the Longshaw Cafe hub area. In line with government guidance we will be serving a takeaway offer of hot and cold drinks, scoop ice cream and other light refreshments. There is a one-way system in place, card payments are preferred and you will be required to wear a face covering before entering the buidling. Please be kind and respectful to our staff and to other people using the facilities.

Our newly refurbished cafe at Longshaw
Our newly refurbished cafe at Longshaw
Our newly refurbished cafe at Longshaw

Toilets are open Monday – Sunday from 10am – 4pm and are closed for cleaning twice daily - please keep your distance and allow our staff time to do this. Please be mindful of others using the facilities and look after the newly refurbished hub area, so that you and others can enjoy your time spent here.

Our indoor seating areas and Welcome Building remain closed at the moment to help keep our visitors, staff and volunteers safe. For more FAQs around Food and Drink outlets please visit our central page here.

From all of us across our Peak District National Trust sites, we wish you a happy, healthy and peaceful Easter.