Padley Gorge Circular Walk (with a baby)
Although we love travelling to foreign cities, we also love spending time outdoors. United Kingdom has many great outdoor places to visit and explore. Every summer we go hiking and walking in National Parks but last year’s season was cut short as I was expecting a baby. Walking uphill with a pretty big bump did not seem very attractive 😊
This year our hiking team has a new addition- Matas. We are learning how to do hikes and long walks with a baby. After couple of short and easy local walks in woodland (see Welton Dale circular and Welton Adventurer circular walk in East Yorkshire), we attempted to do the Padley Gorge circular walk in the Peak District.
Distance: 7.5km/ 4.6 miles
Time: 4 hours for three of us, but the route can be done in 3 hours
Suitable with pushchair? No. The whole route is not doable with a pushchair. The sections of the route include woodland and moorland paths with uneven terrain, and grassy footpaths. However, there are some sections of the route accessible with a pushchair and next to the main road
Parking: We started the walk from the Grindleford train station. There were parking spaces available next to the train station. Alternatively, there was off street parking on the main road
Elevation: Maximum elevation 380 meters
Features: Woodland, small stream, moorland, surprise views, gritstones
Amenities: no toilet, cafe at the beginning of the route
Padley Gorge Circular Walk
We loved this photogenic and full of charm walk for the changing landscape on the route. Woodland looked like the one in the Hobbit movies, moorland had far-reaching open views, and gritstones made you feel high up. There was even a river!
1. We started the walk from the Grindleford train station and pasted the Grindleford Station Café. We crossed a log bridge, turned left, and followed the signs towards the Longshaw Estate via Padley Gorge. After around 100 metres or so, you will see a wide gate. This will be the entrance to the Padley Gorge woodland.
2. Padley Gorge woodland wowed us. It looked to be untouched for years with moss covering the roots of ancient oak trees and stones. Actually, Padley wood is an important site of special scientific interest for its rich ancient woodland and associated fragile wildlife. The terrain was uneven and slightly going up. The path in the woodland was very clear with water gushing on the right side of the path. There were some very good spots by the small stream (Burbage Brook) for a picnic or a break. Follow the route forward and at the fork take the path on the left.
3. After finishing the woodland path, you emerged into a grassy clearing beside the small stream. This section of the route was very popular for picnics and was next to the main road. We followed the path straight by the stream to our right till we reached a second footbridge. Here we crossed a road. The road was quite busy and there was no crossing. Be extra careful when crossing! After crossing we took a public footpath which was just opposite the road. There was a sign indicating where the public footpath started.
4. The public footpath took us to the wide open moorland- Hathersage Moor. The path narrowed as it headed through the heather. At the end of the path we reached a junction. We took left and headed towards the Over Owler Tor.
5. The Over Owler Tor was the highest spot of the route. It is a great spot for a break and to take some beautiful panoramic pictures. Also, surprise views were available coming towards the tor and heading away from it. After passing the Tor we kept to the right and followed a fence to our right.
6. We kept to the right and followed a fence to our right. This section of the walk offered great views of the Hope Valley below. At the end of the path we reached a road and crossed it. There was a sign of a public footpath across the road.
7. After crossing the road, we entered the Lawrence Field. We continued on the path straight and you came to a gate leading into the woodland-Bolehill Wood.
8. After passing the gate and entering the Bolehill Wood, we needed to go down. It was a relatively steep descend. At the bottom of the hill we found a beautiful spot of green valley on our right. The Bolehill Wood's green grass with birch trees looked magnificent in the afternoon sun.
9. We followed the path straight, joined the start of the route, and traced back our steps to the starting point.
Although we did the route in 4 hours, you could do the route quicker. The route had several paths were you could cut the route shorter and do less. It is a great way to spend outdoors and enjoy the beauty of the Peak District National Trust🌳