Walks across Longshaw
Whether it's a stroll to the Longshaw pond, a wander through ancient woodlands or a meander over moorlands, there's plenty of walks to be discovered when you explore the Longshaw Estate. Read on for tips on how to plan your day of discoveries, our downloadable walks and other useful information from our partners across the Peak District National Park.
Know before you go
Plan your route: Please scroll down to the bottom of this page where you will find our downloadable walks. Be sure to download any maps, walks or information before setting off as mobile phone signal is limited or non existent in many areas of the Peak District. If in doubt you can't beat a good old OS map and compass and set yourself the challenge to navigate your way using this method, you may end up discovering some of our quieter routes less travelled.
Weather watch: The weather across the Peak District, as we all know too well, can be very unpredictable so please make sure you have packed a bag for all weathers and choose sensible and suitable footwear for exploring the great outdoors. So, whether it’s a day for sun cream and sunnies or boots and bobble hats, make sure you and the others you are with, are prepared for whatever the weather may bring.
Head to the Mountain Rescue England and Wales website to find out more about the Be Adventure Smart campaign that gives practical and life saving advice for exploring the countryside safely.
Car parks: Many of our countryside car parks are very small and have a limited capacity so please consider this before setting off. Please do not park anywhere else other than designated car parks and be respectful of our local communities and farm tenants. Many of the roads in the Peak District area are incredibly narrow, please keep roads and access points clear at all times for emergency services, local communities, local businesses and farm tenants.
For National Trust car parks in the Peak District, you don't need to book but please be aware that spaces can become very limited on weekends, bank holidays and school holidays. We do not allow any overnight parking in any of our National Trust car parks and we please ask that you park responsibly and not on grass verges or over access points.
To ensure the safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers, you now have the option to pay for parking via contactless payment on your phone or alternatively you can pay by cash (£3.50 for up to 4 hours and £5 for over 4 hours) but please remember to bring hand sanitiser with you. National Trust members can park for free but please remember to bring your cards with you to scan at the machines and then display a ticket in your car window.
These vital funds help to directly support our conservation work across the Peak District, from planting trees that help to tackle climate change, to increasing the diversity in wildflower meadows. For more FAQs around parking across National Trust sites, please visit our central page here.
Facilities: Each of our Peak District sites vary when it comes to facilities so please read all this information to help make the most of your day. In Longshaw's main car park, Woodcroft, you will find toilets and our temporary catering offer 'Croft Cabin,' open Monday - Sunday 10am - 3:30pm. At Ilam Park you will find toilets and our Stableyard Grab and Go, located in the stableyard beyond the Italian Garden, open Monday - Sunday 10am - 4pm. Please be aware that there are no facilities at our Mam Nick car park near Mam Tor and other facilities in the area are looked after by other Peak District organisations or local businesses.
Miles without Stiles: Head over to the Peak District National Park website to take a look at the various locations of the 'Miles without Stiles' routes. 'Our Miles without Stiles routes are suitable for people of all fitness levels and those with limited mobility, including wheelchair users, families with pushchairs and scooters, and the visually impaired. Some of the routes may also be ideal for young children to cycle on.' To look at the different routes that start in the places we help to look after, please click on the location name for more information:
Out and about
Be Peak District Proud: Help us look after the places you love to visit by taking all litter home with you, being fire aware and saying no to BBQs/campfires/outdoor cooking equipment, keeping dogs on leads to keep wildlife and livestock safe from disturbance and that camping of any type is not permitted. Help keep the Peak District countryside a safe and thriving haven for wildlife and for people - protect, respect and enjoy and be #peakdistrictproud
More information on the Countryside Code and how to take care of the precious British countryside, can be found on the Natural England's website