Mill Stone Edge

Walk 1: Gorgeous Padley Gorge

A truly stunning hike that showcases the magical, ancient woodland of Padley Gorge as well as rivers, rocky edges, and the beautiful Longshaw Estate. Bring your camera to get an arty shot of the moss-covered oak trees and views across Millstone Edge. Look out for the old millstones which can still be found on the sides of this heather and gorse-laden crag.

Commencing from the Longshaw Lodge, you will head down along a riverside path through Padley Gorge and on to wonderful Hathersage. Next, you will hike up to the dominant Millstone Edge, retracing your steps back to Longshaw Lodge.

Essentials

  • Distance: 8 Miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum Duration: 4 Hours
  • Refreshments: PubCafe
  • Route file (GPX): Download
  • Start: Longshaw Lodge, S11 7TZ
  • Start Grid Ref: SK 26634 80062

Weather Forecast

Derbyshire, UK

Parking Location/Start

Map and Gradient

Total distance: 7.56 mi
Max elevation: 359 m
Min elevation: 139 m
Total climbing: 341 m

Guidance

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Safety first, folks

Please do not rely on the guidance below to navigate the hike. We highly recommend downloading the accompanying GPX file and loading it into a navigation device/app. Always take a physical map and compass with you as backup. Take care out there.

Directions

  1. Head out of the main National Trust car park, down towards Longshaw Lodge.
  2. Take the path which skirts left in front of the lodge and continue for about half a mile until meeting the B6521 road – you will pass a small lake on the right about halfway along this path.
  3. Cross the road, go through the gate in the wall, and head slightly right down towards the footbridge passing over Burbage Brook.
  4. Cross the footbridge and turn left following the brook until meeting a fence.
  5. Continue through the gate. The path will begin to decline through the wooded Padley Gorge for about half a mile.
  6. After reaching the end of Padley Gorge, continue through the gate and down the track passing a couple of houses to your left and right. Upon meeting another track, turn right and continue for about half a mile – you will pass many houses, including Padley Chapel on the right about halfway along this section of the track.
  7. Shortly after crossing a cattle grid leave the track and head down the path on the left which heads towards the railway bridge. Cross over the bridge, then turn right and go through the gate in the stone wall to enter Coppice Wood.
  8. Continue as the path declines until meeting the River Derwent. Turn right at the bottom and continue along the path for a little over half a mile.
  9. The path will eventually meet a track leading to a house (Harper Lees). Go through the gate and turn left to continue along the track until meeting the B6001 road.
  10. Cross the road and head through the gate and across the proceeding fields.
  11. After crossing the fields, turn slight left along the Dore Lane until arriving at Hathersage – perfect time for refreshments.
  12. From Main Road head east uphill as it climbs out of Hathersage and becomes Sheffield Road, bending right out of the village.
  13. Upon reaching a set of houses on the left, look out for a fingerpost situated after about the third house. Cross the road and take this path for about half a mile – it ascends steeply through a wooded area.
  14. After passing through the wood cross the stile and head right following the wall. The path quickly meets a track – continue down the track and over the stile at the end to meet the road.
  15. Cross the road and turn right heading for a stile in the stone wall at Whim Plantation.
  16. Ascend up the path until meeting the top of Millstone Edge.
  17. Head right along Millstone Edge and follow the path down towards Surprise View Car Park.
  18. Continue through the car park, cross the road, and turn left along Sheffield Road.
  19. After approximately 100 meters turn right through the gate and follow the unusual V-shaped valley/trench.
  20. You will once again meet the footbridge crossing Burbage Brook. Cross the bridge and retrace your steps back past Longshaw Lodge to the National Trust car park.

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Hi I'm Leigh, the creator Walk In Derbyshire. I've been walking in the Peak District National Park for over 30 years and have a huge passion for connecting with nature and hiking in the outdoors. I write up the all the walks for Walk In Derbyshire and am also the lead on our group hikes.

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