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Blacka Moor Nature Reserve walk for toddlers (1.7km, circular)

Blacka Moor Nature Reserve walk for toddlers (1.7km, circular)

Peak District Kids writer: Helen from Little Puddle People

Blacka Moor is the largest reserve cared for by Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust and is part of the Eastern Peak District Moors.  It is a peaceful reserve teeming with wildlife and changing landscapes, stunning views over Sheffield, and a perfect spot for a cuppa. Indeed, this is one of our best Peak District walks near Sheffield.

This Blacka Moor walk, starting from Stoney Ridge car park, is just the right distance for a Peak District toddler walk and there are some great trees for climbing.

Red Deer are often spotted in this area (a good time to see them is dawn and dusk), and you may also spot birds of prey and rare migratory birds in this area (pack a bird book and some binoculars). In summer the bushes are filled with bilberries, attracting the rare Bilberry Bee.

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When planning your visit to the National Park, please arrive early or late in the day to avoid crowds if visiting over sunny weekends or school holidays. Please also take all litter home with you, don’t bring BBQs, and park your car in designated parking areas. Also, please use these walks as a guide; access and stiles may change.

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PARKING INFORMATION: Please do not rely solely on the postcode for parking directions. In the National Park, a postcode can cover a large area. Postcodes are only provided as guidance. Please either use the Google Maps point or what3words, which are provided on every walk guide.

Do check out our top tips for hiking with young kids, as well as our essential items to take on a family hike in the Peak District.

Map of the Blacka Moor walk

On all Peak District family walks it’s a good idea to have an Ordnance Survey paper map with you, even if you have your phone on you. For this walk you need the OS Explorer Map OL 01 (Dark Peak). It’s also a good opportunity to show young kids the map features and get them started with map reading.

This Blacka Moor walk follows the below map in an clockwise direction.

Blacka Moor walk toddler OS map
© Crown copyright 2024 OS AC0000861980

Get a printable download of this walk

Want to print off this walk guide rather than rely on your mobile? Then click here to download the PDF to print out at home. Perhaps print out a copy for the kids to follow the step-by-step directions and/or photos? It’s a great way to get them engaged with the walk and gives them a sense of responsibility.

All printable downloads are £1.50 each. Click here for the full list of Peak District Kids printable downloads.

Please note that your download link expires 72 hours from order, so make sure you save your PDF somewhere where you’ll remember it. If you are unsure where your download folder is on your mobile device, we recommend you download the PDF on your laptop or desktop.

Need to know

DISTANCE OF WALK: 1.7km / 1.1 miles

TYPE OF WALK: circular moorland walk

PARKING: Stony Ridge Car Park, just off Hathersage Road. Click here for Google Map location. Postcode: S17 3BJ.

WALK HIGHLIGHTS: Spectacular views, fun flagstone paths across marshy areas, trees to climb.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE: Allow for 1-2 hours with a toddler.

ACCESSIBILITY: This walk is not pram friendly. There are no stiles.

TOTAL ASCENT: 46 metres

FACILITIES: There are no facilities on this walk.

The route

START: Stony Ridge Car Park
Click here for Google Map point
Grid reference: SK 2774 8058
Post code: S17 3BJ
what3words: ///bank.shin.mull

Route follows an anticlockwise direction.

1. Head through the entrance between the drystone wall and begin following the path through the woodland.

2. You will reach a gate. Continue through the gate following the path straight ahead. 

Blacka Moor walk

3. A little further along the path opens up. You will reach another gate and a path going to the right sweeping downhill. Take the footpath leading downhill to the right. 

Blacka Moor walk

4. As you head down through the woodland, a stunning view soon opens up in front of you. A number of paths begin to join, but continue ahead. There’s a perfectly situated bench along here and few rocks for scrambling around on.  

Blacka Moor walk

5. Just above the bench is a path. If you were coming downhill without stopping off at the bench you’d turn right. Take this path through the heather. 

Blacka Moor walk

6. A short way along, there is a footpath marker. Take the right turning heading slightly uphill. The path changes from bare ground to flagstones. We use these like stepping stones!

7. The path flattens out into an open space of grass. Keep walking straight ahead.

Blacka Moor walk

8. Soon you will reach another section of flagstones. This leads you over a marshy area great for looking for frogs and newts. Please ensure dogs and children stick to the stepping stones to protect the wildlife living in this water. Keep following the path straight ahead as it heads uphill. 

Blacka Moor walk

9. Go through the gate and turn right, following the access track back to the car park.


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Want more ideas for family walks?
Best Family Walks in the Peak District
Pram Friendly Peak District walks
Toddler walks in the Peak District


Or, use the search walks page to find your perfect family walk.

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