Mud and mushrooms at Longshaw

Walking trail

Enjoy this walk, but please take photos instead of picking or damaging the fungi. Experts use a small mirror to photograph the underside of fungi at the same time as the top. We look after Longshaw for all of its wildlife and we want to make sure the fungi spore year after year, and to give as many people as possible the chance to be able to see these weird and wonderful forms. Look after the places that you love and leave no trace of your visi

Fly agaric fungus (Amanita muscaria) toadstool


Map route for Mud and Mushrooms walk


Longshaw Visitor Centre


Looking out over the moorland, follow the path right and right again, towards the car park and head up the drive past the den building area. The area of woodland above the dens contains lots of woodland fungi - have a look around and see if you can spot any candle snuff fungus on the ends of logs.

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Candlesnuff fungus looks like the wick of a candle


Walk up through the woods taking the first, steep left-hand uphill turn, up past the ice house, to investigate the log-piles and their many fungi. Can you identify any sulphur-tufts or glistening inkcaps?

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Glistening inkcap


Deeper into the woods, look out for the beautiful amethyst deceiver, often found at the base of tree trunks in this area. Please be careful not to trample the fungi so that they get chance to spore. These purple mushrooms have a cap of 1 - 6cm diameter and are often found near beech trees in woodland areas.

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Amethyst Deceiver


Dead wood is a fantastic host for many fungi, so keep an eye out for fallen logs as you come through the woods and then out of the gate onto the grassland. Now turn right and keep your eyes peeled for fungal forms as you follow the path along the top of the woods.

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Birch Polypore


This section can be pretty boggy after rainfall. Once you reach the end of the dry stone wall where there's a gate, and just below a small quarry, the route heads right across the grassland down hill. You might want to explore the little quarry for fungi first?

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Family walking at Longshaw


As you head down the meadow, look out for colourful jewels in the grassland, and feel free to gently touch them to see why they are called waxcaps.

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A bright red scarlett waxcap nestles in the grass


Choose your terrain! The trail heads straight across the grassland but there is a haha to clamber up ahead, so if you'd prefer an easier route turn right along the path and then left after the next gate and alongside the ditch until you rejoin the route. Look out for club fungi and more waxcaps in this grassy area - they are often spotted here.

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Yellow Staghorn


As you rejoin the main path heading towards the pond, these woodland edges, and those of the wider Longshaw area are ideal habitats for the fairytale Fly Agaric toadstools. Be warned - these are poisonous toadstools.

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Fly agaric fungus (Amanita muscaria) toadstool


After passing through the dense rhododenrdon woods, and just out of the second gate by the pond, look up to the right! There is a scots pine tree here which for that last couple of hears has hosted a rare sight of a Cauliflower Fungus. Usually spotted near the base of trees, so more easily damaged by animals.

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Cauliflower fungus


Head across the parkland to the left of the pond, past the Boggart Bank sign and the log stack, and look out for blushers and other toadstools beneath the trees. Continue heading west past the big bowing oak trees until you reach the wide, grassy path, and turn a sharp right onto this path.

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Blusher fungus (underside)


The woods around here are great to explore - look on fallen logs and tree trunks for Chicken of the Woods and other bracket fungi. After the "Boggart Hole", a quarry claimed as a playground by Longshaw's mischievous creatures, head through the gate into the woods and look out for fungi amongst the ground flora.

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Chicken of the woods


As you come out of the woods and meet the main path turn right, back up towards the pond and Longshaw Visitor Centre. If you feel like extending your walk, Padley Gorge is nearby and is stunning in the autumn time, with fallen beach and oak leaves amidst the mossy green rocks and tree trunks. To find Padley Gorge, turn left and then cross the main road, and the bridge over the brook and downhill, following the tumbling gorge.

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White Saddle fungus


With the haha on your right hand side, you'll notice some huge, peeling tree trunks. We often leave stable tree trunks standing tall as they provide excellent habitats for invertebrates and fungi, as well as some birds. Take a nosy into this strip of woods and you'll also see the view across Longshaw's meadow.

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Longshaw Visitor Centre

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Mud and mushrooms at Longshaw


The route is rough and muddy in places and not suitable for pushchairs. Several gates and some steep short sections. Please keep dogs on leads to prevent disturbance to farm animals and wildlife. Wellies or walking boots advised.

Mud and mushrooms at Longshaw

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Mud and mushrooms at Longshaw

How to get here

Longshaw Estate
By train

Grindleford station 1 mile (1.6km), Hathersage 2 miles (3.2km), Sheffield 7 miles (11.2km)

By road

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

By foot

Many rights of way link the villages of Grindleford 2 miles (3.2km) and Hathersage 3 miles (4.8km) to the estate

By bus

TM Travel 214 Sheffield to Matlock and 65 Sheffield to Buxton. As well as 272 Sheffield-Castleton, alight Fox House Inn, 2 mins from the estate

By bicycle

Access via the main A1687 and network of local bridleways. Pennine Cycleway National Route 68

Mud and mushrooms at Longshaw

Facilities and access

  • Longshaw Cafe open daily
  • Toilets located near Longshaw Cafe
  • Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome on this route
  • Please take all your litter home with you