Longshaw Ranger Run in the Peak District
Longshaw in the heart of the Peak District is a runner’s paradise, with many inviting trails winding through ancient woods, across open moor and through farmland. This run showcases both the natural and archeologically important sites on the estate as well as the work that the rangers are doing to preserve and enhance the local countryside. It’s a fascinating and diverse landscape, creating a species-rich environment; look out for Curlews, Skylarks and Pied Flycatchers which are particularly successful here. At the southern end of the run lies an area of flower-rich hay meadow and then a Bronze Age funerary cairn in the Sheffield Plantation.
This route has been created in collaboration with expert trail runners Jen and Sim Benson, as part of our Ranger Run Series.
The route begins at the visitor centre and shop; if you are starting from the car park head downhill on a footpath through some woodland and across a bridge to reach the start. Follow the track around to the left of the cafe and behind the buildings, heading south through woodland and out onto moorland. Pass Little John’s Well and continue until you reach a track junction. Fork right here and follow the path along the edge of the woodland to the A625.
Carefully cross the road and follow the track opposite ascending gradually above the road below White Edge Moor, through woods and then weaving around the old quarries. Cross a footpath and head through the field, descending back to the A625.
Cross the A625 again and walk a little way down the road until you come to a gate on your right. Head through the gate and immediately turn left and go through the gate there, following the path up through the young woodland. As the wall disappears on your left, head straight on through the birch woods, taking either path (as they reconnect), and pass the cairn of rocks on your left.
Enjoy the stunning viewpoint at Tumbling Hill outcrop, with the Derwent Valley stretching in front of you to the left, and the Hope Valley to the right. Then wind down to the north (right), and weave down the path until you reach a wall with a gate into it, head into the field there, and follow the path through the middle of the field.
Turn right at a path junction at the edge of Oak’s Wood and follow the path around the woodland.
Take the little gate into the woods, and follow this woodland path, with the steep hill beneath you and Yarncliffe meadows on the right, up over the wall until you come through a small kissing gate.
Turn immediately right and head through another small gate, following the path in between the woodland on your left and the wall on your right, overlooking the meadows.
Turn left here and follow this bridleway all the way, past the crossroad of paths and through the gateposts towards Longshaw Lodge. Take in the views of Longshaw Pond Higger Tor to the left of you, the woodlands and then grassland on your right. Head straight on through the yew trees and back to the start at Longshaw café.
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