Longshaw Estate and Burbage Brook (Peak District)


National Trust Official Website

Follow this link to learn about this walk. It’s exactly what we did, and then when you arrive, they have better-detailed leaflets that you can pick up and follow.


Getting Parked

Be warned, that the postcode that their website states, when entered into Google Maps, took us past the official National Trust Car Park and around the side of it.

So we had to do a 3-point turn on a busy road to get back to the entrance. So just keep your eyes out when you are half a mile from the destination.

Small Cafe/Free Toilets

I beleive there are a number of car parks dotted about (I could be wrong). But we followed a small foot path to the cafe where there are some free toilets that you can use.

Getting Started

The walk starts by a fence that is tucked behind a hedgerow, so don’t be afraid to just ask in the cafe where the path begins.

Once you see it, its easy to follow the circular path.

Fairy Goblin Doors and Nature Investigations

When we visited it was the school’s half term, so the National Trust had set up a magnifying glass challenge for kids to investigate the woodland area, learn about the trees etc.

There are some Goblin style doors carved into tree’s and the like as well.


The walk (going Clockwise) takes you next to a large pond which you walk part-way round as the path then takes you through some pretty woodland and down a small hill.


As the path nears the roadside there is a small hut that the National Trust has restored that displays some informative literature about the area and what the stone round wheels that are outside the hut were used for.


From the hut cross the road carefully (there were ice-cream vans parked here, takes some spare change).

You can clearly see the brook in front of you, the path splits, you can go left or right. Go right to continue this walk.

The brook at best is knee deep and aligned with stones and all sorts of fun things to wade and walk, crawl under and investigate.

I would suggest taking a spare set of kid’s clothes for the little monsters to change into.

Do warn them however, the rocks can be slippy, so tread carefully. My youngest had a small slip, nothing serious, but all the same, be careful.

Walk Along Side The Brook

If (unlike your kids) you want to keep your feet dry, use the small bridge to cross to the far side of the Brook and then follow the path in a straight line, along-side the brook.

You will know when it’s time to cross over, there will be another small footbridge for you to use.

Up The Hill

As you exit the small footbridge, the path turns left and now starts to climb up the hill, it’s paving stones and easy to follow, there is a small waterfall on your right next to where the path splits.

You will need to turn right, so you are almost going back on yourself but as the path continues to climb.

Along this section of the path, there were some felled trees to explore and benches if you fancy a rest.

Over the road, home straight.

You will need to cross back over the road once more, then you can follow the path in a straight line, whereby it brings you back out to the cafe where you started.

Have You Walked This Route?

If you go on a journey of discovery having read this post and decided to investigate for yourselves, please be sweet and leave us a comment about how you got on, I’d love to know 🙂

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