Longshaw Estate is a beautiful expanse of parkland, moors and ancient woodland. You’ll find yourself wanting to return again and again with so many different routes to try out. It’s great for kids with dens to play in, tree stumps to jump on, logs to balance on, and plenty of open space for them to burn some energy.
The flat, well-surfaced paths make for a perfect Peak District pram friendly walk. This is also a good walk option for the wetter months if you want to avoid the muddier walks.
Starting and finishing at the National Trust Wooden Pole car park, the walk follows the woodland path onto the open parkland. Allow some time for the kids to explore near the pond and play in Boggart Burrow.
Stop for a drink from the Croft Cabin or Longshaw Cafe before heading across the grassland back to the car park.
Longshaw Estate is right next to Padley Gorge, and you may want to try our Padley Gorge walk (which also includes part of Longshaw Estate). However, the paths through Padley Gorge are not pram friendly.
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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 OL24 (White Peak). It’s also a good opportunity to show young kids the map features and get them started with map reading.
TYPE OF WALK: circular, pram friendly, well-surfaced paths, woodland, open parkland
PARKING: Parking for the start of this walk is at the National Trust Wooden Pole car park (click here for Google Map location). There is also the main Woodcroft car park (click here for Google Map location) – if you park here, start the walk from step 8. Both car parks are free for National Trust members. For non-members, the charge is £3.50 for up to 4hrs or £5 for over 4hrs (coin machine or pay by phone).
WALK HIGHLIGHTS: Beautiful woodland and open parkland, lots of places for the kids to explore, dens and natural play areas.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE: This walk can be done in 1 hour but with a picnic and time for the kids to play, allow 2-3 hours.
ACCESSIBILTY: Pram friendly, mixture of gravel and woodland paths, not too muddy
TOTAL ASCENT: 90 metres
PUBLIC TOILETS: Temporary toilet facilities and the Croft Cabin serving light refreshments are located near to the main Woodcroft car park (step 8 of the route). The Longshaw Cafe was closed for refurbishment during our visit.
This route description follows the above Longshaw Estate walk map in a clockwise direction.
1. Starting from the National Trust Wooden Pole car park (click here for Google Map location), walk back towards the entrance of the car park and take the path on your right-hand side next to the start of the stone wall.
2. Follow the woodland path for 650m. The path runs parallel to the road initially and then takes a right turn.
3. When you reach a crossroad in the paths, continue straight ahead following the signpost for Yarncliff and the orange arrowed route. There’s lots of open parkland here for the kids to run around and conveniently placed wooden tree trunks to sit and watch them from. If you walk a short distance along the left-hand path, you’ll find lots of dens for the kids to play in.
4. Continue for 450 metres until the path splits. Follow the path round to the right and over a little brook for a further 530 metres, passing through a wooden gate.
5. When the path comes to a junction, turn right and continue to follow the orange arrowed route for 250 metres, through another gate until you reach the pond.
6. Keeping the pond close on your left, follow the path around and continue straight ahead, passing through another gate. Expect the kids to disappear on this section of the walk. There’s lots of places to explore including Boggart Burrow and things to play on like wooden stepping stones and balancing logs.
7. After 580 metres, you’ll come to a millstone with “Longshaw Estate” engraved on it. Take the gate to your left and follow the path past Longshaw Lodge.
8. After 140 metres, turn right to follow the path signposted to the Visitor Centre. Shortly after you’ve turned right, continue on the path straight ahead following the signpost to the Wooden Pole car park. The path to the left signposted to the Visitor Centre takes you to the temporary toilet facilities and Croft Cabin which serves light refreshments (Longshaw Cafe is currently closed for refurbishment – Dec 2020).
9. Continue on the path towards the Wooden Pole car park for 800 metres, passing through a gate onto grassland. When the path starts to fork, bear to the right.
10. After 300 metres, you’ll see a gap in the stone wall on your right. Walk through this and you’ll find yourself back at the car park where you started.
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