Padley Gorge Trail
Follow the Padley Gorge Trail through this stunning wooded valley in the Peak District. The trail runs along the lovely Burbage Brook with its pretty waterfalls, rocky boulders and wooden bridges. You start off at Grindleford Station which you can reach direct from Manchester or Sheffield. The trail is signposted so you can pick it up quite easily. It runs for about 1.5 miles through Yarncliff Wood and then into more open countryside. You can return the same way or head into the beautiful Longshaw Estate to extend your walk.
It's a great area for wildlife spotting. Look out for dippers, pied flycatchers, wood warblers and redstarts. There's plenty of nice spots for a picnic next to the babbling brook and its pretty rockpools. You can also find refreshment at the excellent Grindleford Station Cafe, near the start of the route.
The gorge is close to the village of Hathersage so you could start your walk from there if you prefer.
You're also close to Stanage Edge where you can enjoy fabulous views and interesting rock formations.