Peak District Kids writer: Gemma from Families Can Travel
Blaze Farm is located in a picturesque area of the Peak District near Wildboarclough on the Cheshire side of the National Park. It ticks all the boxes for a fun family day out with animals, delicious homemade ice cream, pottery painting, and a fantastic nature walk perfect for toddlers.
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Here we detail Blaze Farm’s short nature trail (1km, circular), which is the perfect Peak District toddler walk with fun woodland dens, animal carvings and a duck pond with an unusual inhabitant to try and spot. There’s some beautiful views to admire along the way too, and on a clear day you can spot the summit of Shutlingsloe.
This Blaze Farm walk is mainly flat with a short incline near the end. The paths are a mixture of concrete tracks, woodland and rough, loose stone. The first half of the nature trail is suitable for prams and pushchairs, but unless you have an off-road pram or pushchair you’ll need to turn around at step 6 and go back the way you came.
Blaze Farm is free to enter but you can support the farm by visiting the ice cream parlour and tearoom. There’s a tractor and slide outside the tearoom for the kids to play on whilst parents can relax and enjoy the views. The animals are really friendly and you can buy feed from the tearoom for the sheep and goats; don’t forget to ring the bell to get the goats attention.
In lambing season you can book a visit to the lambing shed to watch the lambs actually being born and cared for afterwards. You might even be lucky enough to get a cuddle with one of the lambs (no feeding allowed though).
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If you are planning a 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.
During the winter months, it’s important to be extra prepared and safe when out walking and adventuring in the Peak District. The weather can change so quickly, especially on the exposed escarpments, and we don’t want you to get caught out.
Read our top tips for safe winter walking with the kids.
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 provided for every walk, or what3words.
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.
Download and print out our walking guides ready for your family walk. There are over 80 downloadable walk guides available, and these include all the main Peak District family walks, pram-friendly walks, and toddler walks.
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Map of the Blaze Farm natural trail
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 Active Map OL 24 (White Peak). It’s also a good opportunity to show young kids the map features and get them started with map reading.
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This Blaze Farm walk follows the below map in an anticlockwise direction.
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Need to know
DISTANCE OF WALK: 1km / 0.6 miles
TYPE OF WALK: circular walk through woodland and farmland.
PARKING: Parking at the farm is free and there are two car parks, with the rear car park being the biggest.
WALK HIGHLIGHTS: Lots of fun things along the way for toddlers and young children including woodland dens and animal carvings.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE: The walk can be done in twenty minutes, but if you have toddlers in tow, allow a good hour plus extra time to visit the tearoom and meet the animals.
ACCESSIBILITY: The first half of the walk is pram-friendly, the second half is rough, loose stone so only suitable for off road prams and pushchairs.
TOTAL ASCENT: 34 metres
FACILITIES: Toilets are available next to the ice cream parlour and tearoom.
START: Blaze Farm
Click here for Google Map point
Grid reference: SJ 9751 6758
Post code: SK11 0BL
Route follows an anticlockwise direction.
1. With the ice cream parlour and tearoom behind you, walk to the rear of the car park towards the big wooden shed. Head towards the left-hand corner of the shed where the sign says ‘Nature Trail Starts Here’.
2. Follow the path alongside the barn for 50 metres until you reach a wooden gate. Walk through the gate and follow the white arrows for a further 50 metres until you reach the cattle grid.
3. Make sure you use the gate instead of walking across the cattle gate. Continue on the path which turns from concrete to gravel. After 200 metres, look out for a metal grid on your left.
4. Walk through the metal gate, turn left and follow the path straight ahead for the Basic Nature Trail. Look out for the Logloo on your left.
5. After 100 metres, the path splits. Take the left-hand path for the pram-friendly route. The right-hand path runs parallel and meets back up with the other path after 100 metres but there are a few steps. See how many carved animals you can spot and look out for the Twigloo.
6. Where the two paths meet back up, walk through the metal gate and continue along the path. From this point the path turns to rough, loose stone and is not recommended for prams and pushchairs unless you have an off-road buggy.
7. Continue along the path following the white arrows for a further 200 metres, through another metal gate until you reach a concrete track.
8. Turn left and follow the concrete track uphill for 100 metres until you notice a metal gate on your right which says ‘Nature Trail This Way’ (the road ahead is no access).
9. Go through the gate and see if you can spot the crocodile in the pond. You can walk either way around the pond but the clockwise route has a couple of steps so if you have a pram or pushchair, choose to walk anti-clockwise around the pond for 50 metres.
10. At the top of the duck pond, continue for a further 50 metres along the concrete track towards the farmhouse. At the top, turn left where the Potty Sheep Craft Studio is and the car park, where you started from, is just another 100 metres on.
After your Blaze Farm walk
A visit to the ice cream parlour and tearoom is a must and helps support the farm. They offer delicious home-made cakes and babyccinos for the kids. We highly recommend the chocolate orange ice cream and if you want to take some home, they’ll wrap it in newspaper to help it stay cool.
There are also the farm animals to meet in the shed, and kids can play on the tunnel slide and static tractor in the courtyard.
If you have time, you may walk to book in a pottery painting session at The Potty Sheep.
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However, please note that these walks aren’t suitable for toddlers to walk the entire way. You may want to put them in a carrier.
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Want more ideas for family walks?
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