Beautiful adventures at National Trust Longshaw Estate and Padley Gorge: the best free family day out in the countryside near Sheffield

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A beautiful, free day out in the countryside. It can’t really get any better than that! Throw in some nature play for children, splendid views over the Peak District, good facilities, and a National Trust site and it’s a perfect day in my eyes. This is our National Trust Family day out in the Peak District, near Sheffield at Longshaw Estate and Padley Gorge.

If I had to recommend my favourite outdoor day out for families, it would be Longshaw Estate! This is our adventures at Longshaw Estate and Padley Gorge, including ideas of what to do and the best spots.

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National Trust Longshaw

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Longshaw Estate is the perfect place to enjoy a family trip to the Peak District. You have all the beauty of the countryside, with fantastic views and places to explore, but with great facilities and good acces.

Longshaw Estate is a National Trust site in the Peak District on the edge of Sheffield. It is easily reached from Sheffield by public transport (which is one of the reasons we go regularly!). Buses 65, 272 and 271 from Sheffield stop at Fox House (where there is an entrance to Longshaw Estate, with signage).

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Fox House

Facilities at Longshaw are great; a tea room, gift shop, information with maps and trails, toilets and picnic tables outside.

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Longshaw Tea room and shop
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Longshaw
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Moorland Discovery Centre
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Moorland discovery centre

There’s also the Moorland discovery centre which has activities on for families and all ages. Longshaw Estate have regular events on throughout the year such as themed activities and hunts for kids like a Easter egg trail, ranger tots, muck in days, free led walks and workshops. The Moorland Discovery centre has a few small animal sculptures outside.
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The views across the Peak District are spectacular at Longshaw. The walks around the estate are pushchair and wheelchair friendly. The boggart trail inspires and excites children… encourage them to find 6 boggart hiding places around Longshaw. Fun for grown ups, too!

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Boggart Burrow
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There’s a duck pond, nature play inspired hidden areas to explore and loads of spaces for picnic. Go wild in the Ancient woodlands, forage, find dens and climb trees. Plus it’s just 1/2 mile from the gorgeous Padley Gorge.

Easy toddler walk

The walk we usually do which is just the right length for Eric is an easy stroll starting from the Longshaw tearoom and shop. There are many walks you can do in the area of a variety of length and terrain difficulty but this toddler stroll is a favourite of ours. Information on walks, maps and a boggart trail sheet for 50p can be purchased at the tearoom shop.

From the Longshaw Estate tearoom and shop, head out left along the drive, through the gate and down hill heading towards Longshaw pond. Just follow the path.

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Muddy fun! My friends daughter at Longshaw Estate in February

Along the way are Boggart holes to find, trees to go in and sometimes, puddles!

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Boggart rise
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This was Eric’s first time wearing wellies :)

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Look out for nature on the streams running down the side of the paths on the walk to the pond. We have spotted tadpoles, fish and birds.

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Longshaw Estate Trail Clue; My friend’s daughters in February

 

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Frog!

Once reaching the lake this is a perfect spot to stop and feed the ducks. The lake has a slope and a a few steps which we like to call a small viewing platform. Eric loves to stand on to feed the ducks here. As does anyone; it’s beautiful.

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Longshaw lake
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Ducks to see and feed
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Longshaw lake

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At this point, opposite the ducks if you turn left and down into the woods, there is a big fallen tree with a den and loads of space to run free!

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Wild children! Eric and Iyla in February
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Perfect picnic spot!

This is a perfect place for a picnic and to climb the tree trunks.

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Picnic inside a tree
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We forgot the fork for the salad, so daddy is carving one
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Such a relaxing spot…

Play time on the trees!

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My friend’s daughter Iyla in February climbing the trees
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Exploring the wild

Carrying on the path straight leads you to Padley Gorge. Cross the road and down through the gate, it is a steep walk down to Padley Gorge but totally worth it. This is probably my favourite place ever. Padley Gorge is not pram friendly so I would definitely recommend a baby carrier. However, saying that, I have many times seen families down there with prams. They must have carried it down to the Gorge.

It is so beautiful and relaxing here.

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Down to Padley Gorge; the road is up ahead

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Explore the ancient gorge, take in the views, climb the rocks and boulders, cross the bridges!

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Beautiful colours!
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Padley Gorge

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In summer families come to picnic here with buckets, spaces and paddle in the gorge! There’s usually an ice cream van parked at the top.

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Playing and having fun on the rocks

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Lots of opportunities for outside play, picnics, walks and exploring at Longshaw Estate and Padley Gorge. It is a beautiful free day out in the Peak District that everyone should get the chance to go and visit.

What is one of your favourite places to explore outside and enjoy nature?

Thank you for reading and watching! If you want to see more of our adventures with National Trust, read our day out at Hardwick Hall here.

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11 Comments

  1. It does look so beautiful even in February. I am sold, if we make it up your way I’m visiting here. Eric’s rainbow overalls are not only piratical outdoors but they make a wonderful splash of colour in your photos. There is so much natural fun there from the lovely picnic den to splashing in puddles and the views look amazing. I can see why this is a favourite walk of yours.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

  2. This looks like a lovely country estate. Yet again you provide great public transport info! I loved your YouTube video too – very much in the style of my videos where I do little or no talking and instead let the action and location speak for itself. I also love your little one’s rainbow puddlesuit. Again, if you can grab the badge that would be awesome.
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  3. I think I’ve written a comment for this before but fear it may have appeared in your spam folder. I love the sound of a nature discover centre my daughters would definitely want to touch the sculptures there. Nature certainly holds a lot of beauty. #CountryKids

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