MARCH 2018 WALK EVERY DAY FOR A WEEK CHALLENGE – DAY 4

Like on Monday, it was another overcast, rainy day today. I really couldn’t pick a better week for this challenge. But I am determined to do it. 

I did a 3.75 miles | 6 km walk from Longshaw car park to Padley Gorge to Grindleford and back via Oak’s Wood back to Longshaw car park. 

When I was driving to Longshaw Estate, it was very foggy on the road. I could barely see the oncoming traffic. Luckily they had their lights on! The visibility was about 5 metres. So I thought this walk would be very foggy and I wouldn’t be able to see much. But it was actually ok. In the woods and Padley Gorge it was only raining lightly and it actually stopped raining for some time. 

From the Longshaw car park, I followed the woodland path to the estate lodge, crossed the road and followed the path along the lake down to Burbage Brook. 

Longshaw Estate in the Peak District

 

The National Trust sign of Padley Gorge

I crossed the log bridge and turned left, downstream. I love this place. I could spend hours taking photographs here! In fact, one day I will go and do that. 

 

“Padley Gorge is one of the most mystical and magical places in the Peak District. It is a fairy glen of a place, with moss covered tree roots creating hiding places for imaginary folk. It is a really wonderful place for dog owners to be able to let their dogs off their lead without fear of upsetting wildlife, observing the dogs on the lead rule in the moorland of Burbage Moor of course, but also a really fantastic place for the children of all ages, with the gently trickling Burbage Brook at the top of the Gorge, creating wonderful areas for paddling and picnics in a safe environment, but then to the adventure which is the Gorge itself, torrents of water gushing over dark grit stone, it really is a spectacular sight and an adventure created.”

peakdistrictonline.co.uk

 

Padley Gorge in the Peak District

And it was completely empty. I was the only person there! Sometimes, it’s good to go out when the weather is rubbish. 😉 

Padley Gorge walk in the Peak District

“Magical. Peaceful. Fairytale. Waterfalls and stream’s gushing water. Vibrant Moss. Birds singing”. 

Padley Gorge walk in the Peak District

I carried on walking down a steep hill through ancient oak woods lining Padley Gorge; keeping the stream in sight below and on the left. 

Padley Gorge in the Peak District

 

Padley Gorge walk in the Peak District

This building was the gunpowder store for Bole Hill Quarry and is situated several hundred yards away from the quarry workings for safety reasons. Bole Hill Quarry produced the stone for the Derwent and Howden dams to the north-west of here in the Upper Derwent Valley. ↓

gunpowder store for Bole Hill Quarry

 

Trees in Padley Gorge

I went through a kissing gate and down a rough lane past groups of houses. At the bottom of this lane, I turned left and followed the lane over the railway bridge to a Grindleford Station Cafe. 

Padley Gorge walk in the Peak District

Padley Mill now converted into a private house. 

Padley Gorge walk in the Peak District

Totley Tunnel was completed in 1893 and at the time was the second-longest railway tunnel in the UK. (The older underwater Severn Tunnel is 1.3 kilometres (0.81 mi) longer).  Totley Tunnel is now the longest wholly underland tunnel in the UK. After the two High Speed 1 tunnel opened in 2007 it became the fourth-longest mainline railway tunnel in the UK.

Totley Tunnel

 

Grindleford Station Cafe

Grindleford Station Cafe

I turned left immediately beyond the cafe, went through a kissing gate and climbed up to the road. I turned left on to the road and after a few yards, turned right over a low stone stile. 

Padley Gorge walk in the Peak District

 

Beautiful Padley Gorge walk in the Peak District

Then I  climbed the steep woodland path, following the rocky course of the stream. 

Padley Gorge walk in the Peak District

After emerging from the woods, I turned left uphill beside a stream eventually joining a path. It was very foggy here, apparently, there is a viewpoint overlooking the Paddley Gorge but the visibility was nearly non-existent. After walking for a few minutes I climbed a stone stile, turned left and joined the path which leads back to the Longshaw Lodge and onto its carpark. 

Misty Longshaw in the Peak District

Padley Gorge walk

 

Padley Gorge walk route map

What a gorgeous, magical walk. I love, love Padley Gorge! 🙂