What to expect when visiting Longshaw

There's something pretty special about woodlands in the autumn

Please read this article to find everything you need to know about what is open and what to expect from your time spent at Longshaw. We ask all visitors to plan their visit before leaving home and to enjoy their time spent in the countryside safely and responsibly.

 

Staying safe across the Peak District

From 19 July 2021, the majority of Covid-19 measures on social engagement will no longer be a legal requirement. This includes social distancing rules and the wearing of masks in most public spaces (unless officially specified).

You may continue to see measures such as counter screens and staff wearing masks in our facilities and across other businesses within the national park. Please respect local communities, businesses and individuals’ decisions who may choose to carry on with some Covid-19 measures.

Further detail on government guidance is available on the gov.uk website.

If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please do not visit.

 

Parking and arrival

There are three National Trust car parks across the Longshaw Estate: Woodcroft (main car park), Haywood and Wooden Pole. If you are not a National Trust member the charge in our car parks in £3.50 for 4 hours and £5 for over 4 hours. You now have the option to pay for parking via contactless payment on your phone or alternatively you can pay by cash but please remember to bring change and 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.

Other car parks in the area such as Curbar Gap, Shillito Woods and Birchen Edge are looked after by the team at Eastern Moors but National Trust members can park there for free as part of our partnership with them. 

There is no need to book your car parking space but please be aware that spaces can become very limited by 9am on weekends, bank holidays and school holidays. Please park safely and responsibly and only park in designated car park spaces and not on roads or grass verges. All access points and roads must be kept clear for farm tenants and the emergency services. It is always best to have alternative car parks and quieter locations to explore planned, as this area is very popular and can get busy very quickly. 

Many of our car parks across the Peak District are open from 8:30am until dusk but we do not allow any overnight parking. There may be some occasions where our car parks are locked early or closed for the day, this is normally due to snow/ice, high winds or when maintenance needs to be carried out on the car park.

We do not accept any liability for any theft or damage incurred whilst parking in our car parks. In an emergency please call 999.

The vital funds raised in our car parks 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

The Longshaw Cafe is now open 10am - 5pm, 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. The cafe serves sandwiches, hot snacks, hot and cold drinks, cakes and traybakes and Hope Valley scoop ice cream. We are now accpeting cash but card payments are preferred. Wear face coverings in crowded places to help protect you and others. Please be kind and respectful to our staff and to other people using the facilities.

Toilets are open Monday – Sunday from 10am – 5pm 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 Welcome Building remains closed to visitors 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. 

The Book Den

Just off our Woodcroft car park you will find our cosy Book Den where you can discover a new read that helps look after Longshaw for nature and for people. The book shop is open every day from 10am - 2pm for a shelf full of new stories, recipes and history. Book donations are very welcome, so if you have any books gathering dust please send them our way! 

Mobile phone signal

Mobile phone signal is non-existent in many areas of the Peak District National Park. If you use your phone for maps and information, please make sure to download this to your phone or take photos/screenshots of all the things you need before setting off - that way you can be prepared for your local form of daily exercise. If you are a solo explorer, always make sure a friend or family member knows where you are going.

Look after the places you love

While it has been wonderful to see people getting out into the fresh air and connecting with nature during the pandemic, over the past 12 months the Peak District has experienced a significant and sustained increase in visitors, which has put higher than normal pressure on the local environment. We urge everyone to help look after the places they love and protect nature, by taking all their litter home with them to bin or recycle, not having BBQs/campfires, keeping dogs on leads and parking safely and responsibly. There are signs in place to help inform you and help keep you, other people and nature safe. More information on our Peak District Proud initiative can be found here and there is also information here to help you plan your walk.