“Have you ever spent the day at Sheffield’s Longshaw Estate?
“It’s the perfect place to enjoy a family trip!” says Naomi Cooper, Sheffield mum, blogger and founder of the fabulous TripsWithATot.com
“You have all the beauty of the countryside, with fantastic views and places to explore, but also with great facilities and good access. A beautiful, free day out in the countryside - and my favourite outdoor day out for families.
“Longshaw Estate is a national trust area in the Peak District on the edge of Sheffield. It is easily reached from Sheffield by public transport - which is one of the reasons we go regularly!
“Facilities at Longshaw are great; a tea room, gift shop, information with maps and trails, toilets and picnic tables outside.
“There’s also the Moorland discovery centre which has activities on for families. Longshaw Estate has regular events on like trails, ranger tots, muck in days, free led walks and workshops.
“The views across the Peak District are spectacular at Longshaw. The walks around the estate are pushchair and wheelchair friendly. The boggart trail inspires and excites children...encourage them to find six boggart hiding places around Longshaw. Fun for grown ups, too!
“There’s a duck pond, nature play inspired hidden areas to explore and loads of spaces for picnic. Go wild in the Ancient woodlands, forage, find dens and climb trees. Plus it’s just 1/2 mile from the gorgeous Padley Gorge.
“The walk we usually do, which is just the right length for my little one, Eric, is an easy stroll starting from the Longshaw tearoom and shop. There are many walks you can do in the area of a variety of length and terrain difficulty but this toddler stroll is a favourite of ours. Information on walks, maps and a boggart trail sheet for 50p can be purchased at the tearoom shop.
“Once reaching the lake this is a perfect spot to stop and feed the ducks. Just opposite, in the woods, is a big fallen tree with a den and loads of space to run free!
“Carrying on the path straight leads you to Padley Gorge. Explore the ancient gorge, take in the views, climb the rocks and boulders, cross the bridges!
“In summer families come to picnic here with buckets and spades, and paddle in the gorge! There’s usually an ice cream van parked at the top.
“Lots of opportunities for outside play, picnics, walks and exploring, this is a place everyone should go and visit when they get the chance.”
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