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Longshaw pushchair loop

I’ve been itching to get back to Longshaw Estate ever since having my baby in March. Once a hunting lodge for the aristocracy and later a hospital for injured soldiers, there’s something about the mix of pretty parkland and rugged moor that really appeals to me, and it’s one of my favourite parts of the Peak District. Twisted woodlands, ancient tracks, bronze-age archaeology, grazing sheep, fine views of the Derwent valley and a nice tea room are just some of the drawcards! This loop around the visitor’s centre is gentle and suitable for all-terrain buggies, while there’s endless scope for exploring further-flung areas such as White Edge and Froggatt Edge with a baby carrier. There are also regular activities for older kids, who’ll love a picnic and paddle in Burbage Brook where it enters Padley Gorge (not pushchair friendly).

  • AREA: Grindleford
  • DISTANCE: About 2 miles
  • FACILITIES: Toilets, cafe, dogs welcome on leads
  • PARKING: Woodcroft National Trust car park (pay and display) S11 7TZ
  • GRADIENT: Fairly flat
  • TERRAIN: Bumpy paths, suitable for all-terrain pushchairs
  • OS MAP: White Peak

    The junction of four paths (step 3) makes a nice picnic spot

    The junction of four paths (step 3) makes a nice picnic spot

    The view towards Higger Tor from the path between Wooden Pole and the visitor's centre

    The view towards Higger Tor from the path between Wooden Pole and the visitor’s centre

  1. Follow the signs from the car park to the visitor’s centre. From the front of the visitor’s centre, follow the gravel path south along the fence (it’s signposted ‘walks’).
  2. Go through the first gate and take the right-hand path. Follow it past the pond, through a gate, then veer left down the first gravel path you come across.
  3. Pass through another gate and follow the gravel path through sparse woodland until you come to a junction of four paths near a brook. Turn left and follow this track uphill. Ignore the first junction (signposted to the visitor’s centre) and continue uphill onto a rougher, but still pushchairable, path. This eventually curves leftwards and takes you to Wooden Pole car park.
  4. Continue through the car park and cross the wall at the far right-hand corner. From here, an old, grassy cart track leads back to the visitor’s centre and has nice views of Higger Tor. Keep an eye out for some old stone steps halfway along that lead down to Little John’s Well (Little John is said to be buried in the churchyard in nearby Hathersage.)

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