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Padley Gorge and Longshaw

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Padley Gorge and Longshaw is a 4.7 kilometer loop trail located near Hope, Derbyshire, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips.

DISTANCE
4.7 km
ELEVATION GAIN
181 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wildlife

A circular walk in Derbyshire. Imagine a bubbling brook finding its way down through a deep gorge lined with ancient trees. Burbage Brook starts on the high moorland near Stanage Edge, runs through the Burbage Valley below Higger Tor and Carl Wark then passes under the A6187 Hathersage Road and through Lawrence Field adjacent to the National Trust Longshaw Estate. It then runs downhill through Padley Gorge to Grindleford where it joins the River Derwent. Padley Gorge is a deep valley lined both sides with ancient woodland including oak, beech, birch and alder. Birdlife is plentiful and includes woodpeckers, flycatchers, dippers and plenty more. Its a beautiful place at almost any time of year, especially in autumn when the colours of the beech trees starting to fade are at their best. This walk starts at Grindleford station and up through the woods and over part of the Longshaw Estate. Then over to Lawrence Field and down through the delights of Padley Gorge. The views within Padley Gorge are intimate rather than large expanses given its situation. A bright sunny day is to be avoided for most photography given the harsh shadows that will be cast through the trees. A clear, overcast but bright autumn day is probably best as it should provide a great combination of autumn leaves and colour, even light and plenty of water in Burbage Brook. The Longshaw Estate is a large area of land now owned and cared for by the National Trust. Whilst it is centred on Longshaw Lodge and nearby land and woods, it also encompasses Padley Gorge, Lawrence Field, White Edge Moor and Hay Wood. The Longshaw Estate has a wide variety of wildlife that is worth trying to see and, if the opportunity arises by joining one of the fairly frequent guided tours that are organised by the National Trust on site. A particularly good one is the Fungal Foray that takes place in late autumn; the variety of fungi is huge and there are many very rare species within the estate. Highly recommended. Many common and less common bird species are to be found, particularly through the wooded Padley Gorge and woods. In May there are always bluebells; a good place to see these is in Hay Wood.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Same problem as above! The trick is to go through the white gate on the road near the quarry and follow the path up to the top near the lake! Beautiful walk though, and a lovely cafe at longshaw mid-way if needed!

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