A Christmas Walk at Longshaw
Last weekend we had a trip to Longshaw and met up with family for a walk in the big open space of the Peak District. The Cyclist and I used to drive up to the Peaks, just over an hour drive, almost every weekend when we were first going out. We would drive up, then climb, walk or occasionally bivvy, feast on an all day breakfast at Grindleford (best climbing cafe around) then treat ourselves to more climbing gear at Hathersage. Things are a bit different these days, except for the all day breakfast at Grindleford cafe.
We started our walk from the Longshaw Estate and meandered our way down the valley to Grindleford, scoffed bacon butties, sausage and chips for the boys with pints of tea, then started the slow uphill walk back to Longshaw up Padley Gorge. We had an almost perfect winters day for it too.
Longshaw is National Trust owned estate and recently have added extra child friendly features such as the Boggart Rise, a short trail with mini tree houses and doors to look behind.
Also the Boggart View, for testing your balance skills.
Then there’s the Boggart Burrow, a scramble through twisted rhododendrons and across little bridges.
There were also areas for den building and tree climbing.
Grindleford cafe is a place every Peak District visitor should experience, just remember they don’t do mushrooms, will never do mushrooms, so don’t ask for mushrooms. Also dogs are not allowed inside, so unfortunately part of our party had to sit outside.
The walk back up Padley Gorge certainly helps get you warmed up and in places is absolutely beautiful, with is waterfalls and moss covered rocks and fallen trees.
The boys were a little difficult that day, lack of listening frustrating us both, but they still walked 3.5 miles, so I’m really impressed by them. It was such a lovely way to spend the day, just what we needed after a few hyperactive days stuck indoors.