Views and woodlands walk

Walking trail

Starting gently along the main drive through the estate, this walk follows an ancient packhorse track and then wanders through a meadow to a stunning view from the top of Tumbling Hill. Then wander through Hay Wood to Grindleford station and into Padley Gorge.

The walk includes some short, steep sections, uneven ground and mud. Please make sure you're wearing sturdy footwear.

A peaceful pause for this Pied Flycatcher


Map showing route


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Start at Longshaw Tea Room. With your back to the tea-room, walk down the path, turn left and follow path to a gate. Through this gate you’ll see yew trees and two millstones. Go through the gate slightly to the left onto the main drive. Walk along the main drive, between twin gateposts and past a companion stone. Continue past the crossroads, marked by a four-way wooden signpost, and go through a double gate. Go past another gate on your right and carry on until you reach a stile on your right.

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Stone gateposts and companion stone


Turn right and go over the stile, down into a tussocky field, and follow the packhorse track paved with ancient, worn stones, straight down the hill. The stones give way to boggy ground and the path is indistinct in places. Keep heading straight down the hill and the stones will reappear near the bottom, where you will see a wall and a holly tree, and a little stream flows over the rocks.

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Ancient stone track


Bear left, passing the holly tree, and go along to the corner of the wall. Turn right and cross the stream, and then walk up the steep bank into a tiny oblong field. On the left there is a double gate. Go through this and follow the path uphill, heading towards the rocky outcrop of Tumbling Hill. In the top right hand corner of the field, go through a gate and take an immediate sharp left following the wall. After a few yards take a right fork up steeply to the top of Tumbling Hill, where there is a fantastic panoramic view of White Edge, Eyam Moor, Hope Valley and Higger Tor. Take care, this is a cliff top!

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Path and trees show the way


Continue along the path towards the trees, going along the ridge past a large cairn. Follow the path into the woods until your reach a wall. Turn right down the hill towards Haywood car park. Follow the path with the car park on your left.

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View of Hope Valley


At the end of the car park, take a sharp right turn past the remains of a gate and an electricity pylon. Follow the path down the hill through Hay Wood, where you will see bluebells from mid-April. In about 100m, the path forks. Take the right hand fork slightly uphill. When you reach Tedgness Road, a quiet residential road, turn right onto it and continue until you reach the main road.

A woodland carpet adorned with bluebells


Cross the main road with care and turn right along the pavement. Almost immediately turn left down a steep tarmacked footpath. At the bottom turn right towards Grindleford Station.

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Footpath to station


Walk over the railway bridge and turn right through a narrow gap stile into Padley Woods (do not cross the stream.) From here, there is a maze of paths going up into the woods. Follow any of these, keeping the stream on your left and the road on your right. It’s a lovely place to explore but please be aware that there are some steep drops in some places, so take care. Eventually you will emerge from the woods onto grassy moorland via a small gate.

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Pied flycatcher


Turn right steeply up to a gate and cross the road with care and through another gate towards Granby Barn (information barn). Follow the path through another gate and past the pond. Continue on the main path through more gates and walk back to the Longshaw cafe and the start of your walk.

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The pond reflects the blue sky


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Views and woodlands walk


The walk includes some short, steep sections, uneven ground and mud.  Please make sure you're wearing sturdy footwear.

Please keep dogs on leads to prevent disturbance to wildlife and farm animals.

Views and woodlands walk

How to get here

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By road

7.5 miles (12.1km) from Sheffield, next to A6187 Sheffield-Hathersage road.

Views and woodlands walk

Facilities and access

  • Toilets, tea-room and shop at Longshaw
  • Park at Woodcroft pay and display car park
  • Dogs on leads welcome