To get this route free of charge please subscribe to The Outdoor Guide Newsletter, then register with our partner ViewRanger:

Pitstops

An assortment of interesting stop off points along our walks.

Camp

A selection of campsites as well as glamorous camping locations.

Stay

Handpicked boutique luxury to family and pet friendly hotels.

trainNearest Train (or tube) Station(s):
Grindleford, Padley

Nearest Mainline Train Station:
Sheffield

Remember to prepare properly before heading out on any type of walk or outdoor activity. Tell people where you are going and what time you are expected back. As Wainwright says “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing”.

Click to zoom …

Walk Details

This walk starts at the National Trust’s Longshaw Estate tea room, then explores ancient woods, tumbling streams, parkland and Peak District moorland.

This is a wonderful landscape to walk, right in the heart of the Dark Peak area with dramatic hills and spectacular gritstone edges crying out for your boots.

With your back to the tea room, walk down the path, turn left and follow the 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. You are now following the old packhorse route.

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 nest boxes for them and will be checking on them throughout spring and summer.
Read more ...


This area is a haven for birdlife. It is beautiful no matter what time of year. If you don’t want to do this walk as a whole, there are lots of little sections that you can take and do individually to shorten it.