Although situated only a few miles outside Sheffield The Longshaw Estate provides a magnificent contrast to the bustle of urban life whatever the season.
There is a variety of clearly designated and well maintained paths around the estate, some of which offer a variety of walks of differing length, challenge and views.
Most should be feasible for a person in reasonable health.
The natural world is the main attraction here, firstly the Derbyshire moorlands with its rugged Peak terrain shaped over millennia by wind water and ice into distinctive outlines, cut into here and there by fast running streams and coated by mossy peat, hardy shrubs and determined trees.
The fauna is equally adapted but may be more evasive, but deer, hares, smaller mammals, several species of birds and a variety of insect life especially on sunnier days can be seen.
The buildings have an interesting history and there are information boards placed, around the site in relevant places. Wherever possible the heritage has been maintained. The walled garden being a more recent restoration.
The cafe is well worth a visit and has some tasty treats on offer. This is also a gift shop with a selection of confectionery, conserves, stationery, books, crafts and other gifts.
Tables and seating are provided both inside and outside, and on a pleasant day the latter option is preferable, particularly with a tasty snack to help appreciate the view and ambience of the place.
There is also a visitor centre, sometimes this may be already booked but staff are always willing to help and are informative and highly knowledgeable.
An excellent place for rambling, or just for a gentle stroll of whatever length. Somewhere to enjoy a quiet hour or two. A place to unwind, or a site for potential species spotting, though nothing is guaranteed there, best to just enjoy this atmospherically relaxing environment as nature intended.
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