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Longshaw Lodge Estate (Sheffield)
Member Name: willtheman
Longshaw Lodge Estate (Sheffield)
Advantages: Lovely scenery, superb walks, great history, fascinating
I am so lucky to live about what...20 minutes drive away from here. Many a time I have had a good long Saturday walk around Longshaw. Its the one most people have heard of. Its not famous or everything...its just people have heard about it for some reason or another. Maybe its the World's Oldest Sheep Dog Trials, maybe its because they had relatives there(like me) or maybe they just know what a wonderful place it is. I certainly know it is a lovely place....
Longshaw's history is long. Its not seen great battles happen on it , its not had a Roman forrt it hasn't got a castle but it has a long and varied history.
The name 'Longshaw' doesn't actually appear until 1722 in a letter written by one Mr George Cooper over a dispute on 'sheep walkie' between Hathersage and Dore. The name actually means long wood as shaw mean a wood. However it has been settled way before 1772....
The very first settlers were in the Bronze Age between 2,300 and 700BC. In fact there are many cairns and possibly a stone circle at Larence's Field. Although it is in fact from the 10th or 11th centuries. Ahem.
Quarrying for millstones from millstone grit began in 1466 at Yarncliffe Quarry. If you go down to an area just below Longshaw(which is still ownded by the NT so I will count it) you can find literally hundreds of millstones. Just left there on the side of the track. It is astonishing.
In 1855 the land was sold to the Duke of Rutland. The LOdge was built as a shooting box which was used by the Duke when shooting on the Estate. His estate was not just Longshaw -it was a huge area from Ringinglow to Birchens Edge.
In 1898 the Longshaw Sheepdog Trials first came about in 1898. The trials have run every year bar the war years and can proudly say they are the world's oldest continuous sheep dog trials in the country.
In 1927 the Duke sold Longshaw to Sheffield Corporation who then used the 647 acres for water draining purposes. In 1931 the National Trust aqquired the land following a public out-cry and have looked after it ever since... The Lodge is now flats however between 1929 and 1960 was a guesthouse!
The land has gone from being 747 acres to 1,600 acres.
There are currently three car parks to Longshaw all of which are pay and display unless you are a National Trust member(like me!) The three car parks are Haywood(110/119:SK256778), Wooden Pole(110/119:SK267790) and Woodcroft(110/119:SK267802.) Coaches can't park here(sorry!). The main car park is the Haywood one .
Dogs are allowed on leads only.
The visitor centre is a rather small building opposite the Lodge itself. There are two thing here-a gift shop and a cafe. One is on the left, one on the right! Makes sense. The cafe is pretty good quality and the food is reasonably tasty. They serve a wide range of hot and cold foods-especialy cake! Unfortunately its an utter rip-off-expect to pay at least £2.50 for a tiny piece of cake!.
The shop is pretty expenisve too although it sells a wide range of thibgs-books. kids toys and chocloates! Yum! If you want to sit outside there are some picnic benches which are often visited by Chaffinches!
Toilets are at the back of the centre and are clean but not very plentiful.
If you are in a wheelchair there is a car park nearer the centre as well as a ramp in, disbled toilets and most of the estate is accesible.
A few notable points on the Estate:
The Wooden Pole
This is basically a rather large wooden pole. And for some reason its is amazing, intuiging and fascinating. There is a stone at the base which says 1778 so this is presumably the date when it was put up as a) a bounday marker and b)a way marker for people crossing the moor. The views from here are absolutetky superb.
The Pond is about a five minuted walk from the visitor centre and is definitely worth a look at. Its right on the edge of a pretty big wood. It itself is a fairly large 'lake' with reeds to one side. There's quite a lot of Mallard, Moorhen's and Coot's here and althoug they will come out for food they are rather shy.The pond (and the wood) are named after the Marquis of Granby the Duke's son. There was once a boathouses and pier here but they have gone.
Somewhere around here is the line of a turnpike road between Buxton and sheffield in 1758. its somewhere around here but I'm not sure where.
The wood mentioned before. The wood is pretty large and is very nice. Actually its right on the edge of a 'cliff-face' onto Grindleford'. If you have Vertigo it is not advisable to look down.
Also in here is a badger sett. I have been lucky enough to stop the badgers here and I have to say they are utterly gorgeous and if I had a large enough bag I would smuggle one home and keep as a a pet. Of course I wouldn't (no bags that are large enough...)
This is actually on the opposite side of the road to the wood and pond. Its a lot busier here with many people coming here to paddle in the quite charming stream. There isn't a car parking here but there is freew parking on the road but it gets amazingly busy on sunny days. As wella s that there is an ice cream van. Hollowgate is a hollow on the opposite side of the stream. You'll probably walk up it without noticing it.It was a route used by packhorses for a long time-from the middle ages to the 1800s carrying salt,dairy and many other things.
Padley Gorge is just that-a gorge rather near the village of Padley.Not a massive gorge but anice one. Many waterfalls go into the gorge of the sides of which only one is midly spectaculaur-unless there has been heavy rainfall when it is superb.
Just West of the Gorge is a wood which contains one of my favourite features-a tramway. Which is very steep. At the top are some old bar rather ruined building which would have originally controlled the tramway and the quarry. This was in fact a few hundred million years ago a HUGE river delta rather like the Ganges. Interesting thought.
My very final point of interest. A ha-ha is a ditch by the side of the path which generally fills with water-its isn't a moat though most of the water is from the rain and not drainage. I used to think these were used to stop deer coming in the grounds but in fact they were to stop grazing cattle. Moo.They were invented in the 1700's in France . Instead of a wall a ha-ha did not spoil the pastoral view. Here there is one about a 1 to 2 minute walk from the visitor centre. There is also one you walk through but this is of a different desing. Ha-ha is supposedly the thing you said when you saw it to your suprise although most people probably didn't notice it and instead went 'AAAARRGGHHH!! in suprise.
How to get here
Road: The estate is 7 and a half miles from Sheffield and the Haywood car pakr is one the A625 Sheffield-Hathersage road and is signed. The Woodcroft car park is off the B6055 just below a junction with the A625.
If you go by bus numbers First 240,272 and TM travel 65 all of which stop at Fox House which is a stone's throw away. Grindleford Train Station is a mile from the Visitor Centre and a 100yards from Padley Gorge.
Longshaw is a simply wonderful place-one of my favourite places in the Peak Distrcit with views that will knock your socks off, an amazing amount of history, a wonderful setting and walks. The only real negative poin I can think is the grossly over-priced prices at the shop and cafe.
But even that's a minor quibble and none of this can detract that Longshaw is wonderful place and is one that I hope I visit much more. A great place to meet nature-and for nature to meet you!
UPDATE: Forgot something-there is also a ice house near the centre but I do not knwo much about its history. Other than that its pretty cool.
Search for Longshaw which has basic information .
Estate: all the time!
Visitor centre: Varies . In Winter its dusk which is about 4pm. In Summer probably 5pm and probably opens at 10am.
Ring for more details.
In December there are Xmas Tree Sales which Iv'e never attended. Also here is the fairly new Moorland Discovery Centre for school parties and group visits which again Iv'e never attended.
Once again I must say this is a truly outstanding place.
Thanks for reading,
Summary: A wonderful place of natural beauty
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