There has always been something magical about woodland walks. Whether it’s the countless times they feature in the fairy tales we are told as children or just the sheer magic that you feel when you’ve hidden within one. They never seize to inspire. And, Padley Gorge in the Peak District is like a woodland fairy trail hidden in a deep valley.
The steep wooded valley Peak District walk with its gnarled oak-birch tree branches, wooden bridges and wild open moorlands could have been picked up straight out of a fairy tale and is the perfect place for a memorable winter walk with the family.
The picture above of a ruined building, reminds you of old times. It was was connected with the adjacent quarry which was last worked in the late 1700s.
It includes breathtaking views and is only a 5-mile circular starting from the Grindleford train station, which sounds like something from Harry Potter and meandering along the course of Burbage Brook.
It’s fine for most ages and abilities and heads towards the National Trust site, Longshaw Estate, which is only 0.5 miles away from the start point at Grindleford Station Café.
You can enjoy other breathtaking sights along the way including Surprise View and Hathersage. Meaning this walk has something for everyone along the way with a combination of the mystical woodland gorge and awe-inspiring views.
After Padley Gorge, head you on over Hathersage Moor, where you’ll enjoy amazing unmatched views of great expanses of the rugged countryside from Over Owler Tor to Surprise View. You’ll feel like Froddo in Lord of the Rings as you take in the vast expansive views. It’s hard not to feel inspired when the Peak District offers you up some of the best views the UK has to offer.
Then work your way back before returning to the start point for a well-earned brew at Grindleford Station Café, which is a great spot for decent food and, a good ol’ brew. They serve up great portions of grub, that is perfect after a well earned walk.