A few hours in the Peak District with the autumn sunshine

last minute Peak District walk

If you read my blog regularly, you’ll know that we love the Peak District & going for walks. But this time I headed there alone with Eric and it was not planned at all! I started the day thinking we would just head to a local playground for a few hours. But an hour later, ended up in the Peak District, where I walked to Padley Gorge and Longshaw Estate. We had a picnic, did a little exploring and got very muddy (did not pack the right clothing!).  Here’s what we got upto on our last minute Peak District walk!

As it wasn’t planned at all, I didn’t take a camera with me so only had my phone. These photos are not the best but still show what a good time we had together on our adventure. 🙂 Do watch the vlog as there’s some beautiful landscapes, and read our last (planned) family Peak District walk which was from Grindleford to Hathersage here.

last minute Peak District walk
Padley Gorge

I got a bus going to Castleton from Sheffield, the 272, but got off at Surprise View car park. My original last minute plan was to go up to mothercap, a great place for scrambling rocks and climbing; which Eric loves. And it knew it would be dry so the fact we didn’t have wellies or anything wouldn’t have been a problem. Eric fell asleep on the bus, though, and I didn’t want to just sit and wait for him to wake up so I started walking.

last minute Peak District walk Padley Gorge
Padley Gorge

We reached Padley Gorge which is my favourite place in the Peak District, we are there quite often; it was a surprise to get there so quickly from surprise view car park bus stop; as I hadn’t done that route before, I didn’t think it was so close. Now I know, though!

padley gorge last minute Peak District walk

Once he woke up, we were into Longshaw Estate. We love this National Trust place and we are regular visitors. I decided to take a route I hadn’t done before and after a while, we stopped to have a picnic next to some sheep.

Longshaw estate last minute Peak District walk
Picnic time

It was a simple visit in the peaks, only a few hours but lovely to get out into the autumn fresh air. Eric found puddles which are his favourite thing ever and he ended up covered in mud. Flash forward an hour, I was in the nearest pub toilets trying his tights under the hand dryers! All in the name of fun, though!

last minute Peak District walk

Do you get out into the Peak District much with your children? Or your local countryside place? Where is your favourite destination to escape to? The best thing about walks is that they’re free fun! Yay.

Thanks for reading this last minute Peak District walk!

Please be sure to check out my other countryside walk blogs:

5 things you didn’t know about Longshaw Estate

We got lost! Grindleford to Hathersage walk

6 Favourite Peak District Walks

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  1. It has been so mild this month I don’t blame you for enjoying a picnic on your walk. I have been in a t shirt the last two days it has been so warm here. How wonderful to have the beauty of the peak district close by to enjoy the best of the autumn sunshine, though someone looks like he dozed through some of the trek before discovering the puddles!

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

    1. I agree, we had some really pleasant days in October, actually; we were on holiday in the first week at the seaside and it was really warm! I was only wearing a t-shirt and we were on the beach. we have been trying to make the most of it before winter comes. thank you <3

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