Padley Gorge Walk
Overview Countrywalker Grading
Steady walk across moors to Padley Gorge and up through Longshaw lodge.
Scenic views all around.
Moderate (height of 369M, 1211ft).
Footpaths Time taken
Walking on tracks and trails. 3 hours (including breaks).
Starting/ End Positions Distance
Round walk from Longshaw lodge (SK266790). 4.5 miles (7.2 Kilometres).

Map Guide: OS Landranger 119 or Outdoor Leisure 24.

Start at the car park on the Longshaw Country Estate near the B6054 (GR267790). Cross the road, turn left and head for the gate with the National Trust signpost further on. Follow the sign which will take you over White Edge Moor past White Edge Lodge. After this the path turns into a grassy field which after 1/2 mile will lead you to the B6054 again (GR259781).

Cross the road and turn left. After a few yards you'll see a gate on your right with a National Trust sign. Follow this tree and hedge lined broad track for 1/4 mile until you see a stile on your left (GR258785). Climb over and walk down the valley towards Oak's Wood (GR254784). Keep to the right here and follow the path into the wood, keeping the stream on your left side.

The path gets fairly steep with large boulders along the way down to another road (B6521). Cross over, bear left and then right and head down towards Grindleford Railway Station (GR250788). Cross the railway bridge here and follow the road around until you see a steep broad track going upwards on your right. This is quite steep but shouldn't take too long.

At the top is another National Trust sign and a gate (GR251791). Follow this path for about 1 mile up the wooded gorge. The sides of the gorge will get steeper here and you'll be further away from Burbage Brook which flows through it. You will come to a gate. Once through you'll see the huge Burbage Rocks (GR257796) to your right. This is a good place to have a break, but can get quite busy in the summer months.

The walk continues over the next footbridge up to the road. Cross over and turn right for a short while and then turn left up a stile and through the Granby Wood's (GR260796) ahead. Follow the path around the pond and keep to the left of Longshaw Lodge (GR265798).

Follow the path over the small bridge here. You'll see one of the car parks ahead of you, turn right and follow the wooded path up to a gate. Go through this and walk along the grassy path which soon turns to open land on your right. After 1/2 mile you will come to the wood with the car park were you started.

Walk first completed: July 1999
Walk last updated: November 2001

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