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.
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).
Facilities at Longshaw are great; a tea room, gift shop, information with maps and trails, toilets and picnic tables outside.
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.
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!
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.
Along the way are Boggart holes to find, trees to go in and sometimes, puddles!
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.
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!
This is a perfect place for a picnic and to climb the tree trunks.
Play time on the trees!
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.
Explore the ancient gorge, take in the views, climb the rocks and boulders, cross the bridges!
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.
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.