Woodland Explorer Walk

Walking trail

We’re finding that popular spots like Longshaw and the Eastern Moors are getting extremely busy, especially at weekends. We expect our car parks to fill up very quickly on weekends, bank holidays and school holidays, so we encourage people to plan ahead and check our social media channels for updates and visit at quieter times. This will help us keep our places safe and enjoyable for everyone. We ask that all visitors please park safely and considerately in designated spaces and not on roads or grass verges, as this can block access for farm tenants, local residents and emergency services. We also remind people that BBQs/campfires are not permitted and ask everyone to help us look after our beautiful Peak District countryside by taking their litter home with them.


Map of walk


Longshaw Visitor Centre, grid ref: SK264798


From the tea-room, cross the drive and turn left along the path by the fence. Go through a small gate. Turn right and go slightly downhill with Rhododendron bushes on your right and a ha-ha on the left to a small gate. Follow the path to the pond.

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The pond reflects the blue sky


Follow the curve of the pond and then continue down the hill through Granby Wood to Granby Barn. Take a look inside and learn a little about the history and wildlife of the estate.

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Higger Tor from near Longshaw Pond


Follow the path down to the road, cross carefully to the small gate, go through and go slightly right down the path to the bridge over Burbage Brook. Cross the bridge and then look slightly right for the entrance to Hollowgate. Follow this old packhorse route with banks on either side covered in heather and gorse bushes.

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Atmospheric view of a path and the trees at Padley Gorge on the Longshaw Estate, Derbyshire


When you reach the top of Hollowgate, don't go through the wooden gate but turn left up a sharp lincline. Owler Tor is off to your left. The wind and weather has transformed the relatively soft gritstone boulders and rocks into fantastic natural sculptures. A great location to stop for a picnic? Follow the path across Lawrence Field with the road on your right.

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Visitors sit on rock in the sun


When you get to the end of Lawrence Field, with a 5 bar gate and stile directly in front of you, do not cross the stile but turn left and follow the path downhill keeping the fence line on your right. Over the fence is the top edge of Bolehill quarry which is popular with climbers. Around 500m down the path you will arrive at a fence with a small gate, go through this gate and continue on this path until it forks. Take the left fork and follow this towards the southern boundary wall of Lawrence Field. You will reach a gate on the right.

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birch trees in leaf, grass, blue sky, sunshine and shadows


Go through this gate and turn right onto the wide path descending the hill until you reach the end of this path and see an obvious path to your left.

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A pied flycatcher on a twig


Turn left and continue to descend until you reach the main Padley Gorge path, constructed out of gritsone blocks. Follow this up the valley until you reach a metal gate leading onto an open area strewn with boulders. Follow the path alongside Burbage Brook to a small wooden bridge. Cross the bridge and follow the path left and upwards to the gate below Granby Barn where you crossed the road early in the walk.

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white wood anenome and yellow celandine flowers among green leaf


Cross the road carefully and retrace your steps past Granby Barn, the pond and back through the rhododendrons. This will lead you back to the tea-room where you started.


Longshaw Visitor Centre, grid ref: SK264798

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Woodland Explorer Walk


Reasonable terrain with some steep sections.  Terrain is variable after rainfall and during colder months. 

Woodland Explorer Walk

How to get here

Longshaw, near Sheffield, Derbyshire
By road

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

By bus

The nearest bus stop is at Fox House, a short walk from Longshaw Estate.

Woodland Explorer Walk

Facilities and access

  • Toilets located near Longshaw Cafe
  • Longshaw Cafe open daily from 10am
  • Parking at Woodcroft car park