This was one of those walks that really fills you with joy. Once you get home, you feel so satisfied that you’ve spent a day in the countryside and your lungs feel fresh, your head feels clear and you have a good old nights sleep! If you love going for walks as much as we do, then you’ll know what I’m on about! We love going for walks in the Peak District and are very lucky to live so close (well, technically in…) the peaks, we like to go often; it’s the best local outdoor nature playground! This walk is no doubt one of our most favourites and most beautiful in the Peak District. Come and follow us on our Family Peak District Walk: Grindleford to Hathersage via Upper Padley and Bolehill Quarry.
This walk was something we have done a few years ago so we were familiar, but hadn’t done the whole walk since having Eric. We usually cut the walk short and instead of going all the way, go up to Padley Gorge for a picnic, roughly half of the walk. This time, though, we set out to do it all; it took us a good 4 hours from start to finish, with stops for picnics (and at times going at toddler pace). It is about 5 miles long but Eric loves exploring on walks now, especially scrambling those rocks so it takes longer.Family Peak District Walk: Grindleford to Hathersage
We did get lost along the way and were hanging out with some sheep for a while… haha… but isn’t that what it’s all about?! We are familiar with the area of Padley Gorge and Longshaw Estate so it wasn’t a total disaster, but probably added on a good chunk to the walk. Oh well, we got out eventually! Hehe. Seeing as we did get lost though, I don’t really recommend that you try to follow this walk… if you are looking for directions, this might help you! 😉
Family Peak District Walk: Grindleford to Hathersage via Upper Padley & Bolehill Quarry
Where did we go? Family Peak District Walk: Grindleford to Hathersage
We started the walk at Grindleford station which is really convenient to reach from Sheffield. Hopping on a train from Sheffield station it took us just 15 minutes or so to get to Grindleford, and right at the station is Grindleford station cafe; very popular with walkers. It’s here you can use the toilets, get a cup of tea, hearty breakfast or chip butty, inside or outside.
Grindleford is not just good for the cafe though, it’s a great and easy place to start a walk. From Grindleford cafe, we crossed over the bridge and Totley Tunnel, headed straight ahead, past Padley Mill, over a slight hill and turned right up another hillside which looks like it was a residential lane. When you keep going up this hillside, past some very nice looking houses and a few apple trees, it’s not long until you reach a swing gate with a padley gorge sign. It’s here you can start your rock climbing up through upper padley! Be warned, it’s a bit of a sweaty walk! 😉
The walk leads you through and up Burbage Brook which is absolutely beautiful, so quiet and mysterious. The colours are wonderful all year round, but specially in autumn and spring. There are lots of options for places to sit and relax, have a picnic and climb some rocks, kids will love to explore here. We kept going ahead, baring left and up towards where we knew there was a sign post for Bolehill Quarry.
Once we reached the sign pointing up to Bolehill Quarry and Surprise view, we had a little snack rest on a mill stone before heading upwards.
Surprise view and Bolehill Quarry are both places of spectacular beauty, if you are looking for somewhere special to explore in the Peak District it has to be these places. Bolehill quarry is very mystical and feels like something from a fairytale, the first time I ever ended up there on a walk, I was taken aback… it’s so quiet, so different compared to Burbage Brook and is popular with wall climbers. Climbers call this Lawrence Field, and the pool of water is impressive in itself.
The quarry is home to a lot of wildlife and sheep so you’re never alone for long, but is quiet even with the odd walker exploring around. There are rocks to climb on, paddling opportunities and trees which seem to reach the sky. It’s a lovely place with great photo opportunities. So… onwards we go!
We found berries which make the perfect walking-as-you-go snack, Eric finds it so fun to pick, collect and eat them so we did this for a while! Ollie is into identifying fungi, so this adds some time onto our walks.
It was at this point Eric got tired so into the sling he goes for his nap. Conveniently, as well, as the walk started to change more into high climbing rather than straight-ish paths in Burbage Brook, I don’t think he would have been able to manage them on foot! He did do a lot of walking though… so proud of him! Around this part was when I think we took the wrong direction as we came to a hillside slope path and a swing gate, we took the path rather than the swing gate.
We seemed to go in a big circle at this point and climbed up grassy paths to get higher up to Bolehill quarry, at times it was very steep and slippy so I wouldn’t really recommend this! we just went the way we could see there was a path on the grass from foot prints and hoped for the best, haha. This part of Bolehill quarry is home to so many sheep… they’re happy to say hello… from a distance!
Eric woke up and very much wanted to make good friends with the sheep! It was at this point we carried on and tried to find a picnic spot that we had been to the previous year (one of the many millstones!). There was a lot of midges though, so we didn’t stop for long before continuing right out of Bolehill Quarry. The path narrows and brings you out into the open Peak District; the views are amazing and it’s here that I would definitely recommend taking a moment to admire the views and have some nice photos with the background.
The swing gate leads onto Hathersage road, which is a straight walk down for about 30 minutes until reaching Hathersage village. Hathersage village is famous for it’s visit from Charlotte Bronte in 1845 and has historical associations with Robin Hood. Hathersage is very popular with walkers because of it’s accessibility (train station and buses from and around Sheffield) and the surrounding variety of countryside it offers, from open moorland to gritstone edged valleys, hill forts and millstones.
We go to Hathersage often, especially when thinking about doing a walk. It’s a great start to a walk and is familiar; there are good conveniences too, with pubs, restaurants, cafes and shops, which is helpful if you love to go for a Peak District walk but want to stay close to civilisation! We love the hidden playground in Hathersage just behind Hathersage outdoor pool; I highly recommend checking this out with kids! Here’s my blog post about the walk we did and a visit to the playground. There are more walks than you could possibly do in and around Hathersage, including a Jane Eyre walk!
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