Views and woodlands walk
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.
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.
Companion stones are sculptures that accompany some of the guide stoops in the Peak District: www.companionstones.org.uk. To see the guide stoop here, peer through the hole in the gatepost on the right and you'll be looking straight at this 300 year old signpost. You can go and have a closer look but you might have to cross some boggy ground.
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.
Ancient packhorse route
Listen out for curlews, returned from the coast to nest on the hillsides. You might also hear skylarks and tree pipits.
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!
This field is being managed as a hay meadow by the tenant farmer using traditional techniques, keeping livestock off from the beginning of may, and not cutting hay until the flowers have seeded.
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.
Grouse Inn Fields, to the left of the path just before the car park, burst into life in summer when they are full of wild flowers. Come back in June or July to enjoy these beautiful haymeadows.
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.
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.
Totley Tunnel passes straight under Longshaw Estate, as can be seen on the map. All trains from Sheffield to Manchester pass through this tunnel. The end of the tunnel can be seen on the right as you cross the railway bridge.
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.
Look out for pied flycatchers in the woods, which return from Africa every April to nest. The rangers and volunteers put up and look after nestboxes for them and will be checking on them throughout spring and summer.
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.
On the pond, you might be lucky enough to spot a Mandarin duck, or a moorhen as well as a few mallards.
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