A common search that appears in my site stats is “How to get to Padley Gorge” – that despite me not giving directions on how to get there on this site. I aim to put that right with this little article 🙂
Padley Gorge is a bit of an autumnal Mecca for photographers (myself included), but as a location for photography it is a great all year round location for landscape photographers. You can see some of my photography from Padley and the surrounding Peak District in my gallery.
Padley Gorge is about 25 minutes by car from the centre of Sheffield and lies at the edge of National Trust’s Longshaw Estate in Derbyshire Peak District. The map below gives you an idea of the area – you might need to scroll around a bit to see all the markers.
How to get to Padley Gorge by train
At the foot of Padley Gorge is Grindleford train station Marked 3 on the map). Grindleford station is served by stopping trains from both Sheffield and Manchester. For more information about trains , please click on this link to National Rail Enquiries.
How to get to Padley Gorge by car
There are a number of options when going to Padley Gorge. You can park up at Surprise View Car Park, Marked 1 on the map, (pay and display) and walk down through Bolehill Quarry and then walk up through Padley Gorge. This is my preferred route, as it makes a good day out, that can either be completed by walking up through a trackway/holloway back to the Surprise View Car Park, or it can be extended by adding a loop walking through the National Trust’s Longshaw Estate and then walking up the trackway. (Don’t forget to visit the tea room in the Longshaw Estate if you do!).
The other options are either to park at the top of Padley Gorge (Marked 2 on the map) – this can get quite busy – especially on hot summer’s days when Sheffield comes out to play in the Burbage Brook which waters the Gorge. The other option is park at Grindleford station (Marked 3) on the map, there are a couple of parking bays at the station, and you can also park on the access road – just be careful not to park in the parking bays for the cafe unless you intend to visit there too.
The post code for the Grindleford car park is – S32 2HY .
Padley Gorge offers up many classic photographic opportunities as well as the chance to get away from the more obvious shots (see above!) and try something different. You can see some of my other work here.
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