Is Padley Gorge the best place to visit in the Peak District during autumn?

Burbage Brook

Burbage Brook - Credit: Matt Priestley

Situated near the National Trust's Longshaw Estate, Padley Gorge is a place of rare beauty that is often overlooked. 

The name Padley comes either from the clearing (leah) belonging to Padda or the clearing frequented by toads (paddle).

As Burbage Brook makes its way south to join the River Derwent at Grindleford it rushes through this steep-sided valley surrounded by atmospheric and indigenous oak woodland - a rare survival from ancient times.

During the autumn season, the woodland is transformed into an explosion of orange and brown and there are countless examples of weird and wonderful fungi that can be found on the woodland floor and on the trees.

The most popular way to walk through Padley Gorge is by taking the Padley Gorge Trail. The public footpath can be reached from the B6521 opposite the bus stop outside Granby Discovery Barn, or you can make the walk a little longer by parking at Surprise View car park and passing by Owler Tor, before joining the trail.
If you want to walk from the south, the trail begins just above Grindleford Station.


Above: The start of the Padley Gorge Trail from the B6521


Above: The Padley Gorge Trail from Grindleford Station begins on a footpath just to the right of this image.

The area around Padley Gorge is undoubtedly the most popular areas for the members of our Derbyshire and Peak District Walks facebook group. 

To see more walk routes and videos about the location join the group and search for the #padleygorge hashtag or for more seasonal photos, click the '#autumn hashtag

Below are some of the fantastic photos uploaded by some of our group members. 

Padley Gorge woodland

Padley Gorge woodland - Credit: Charlene Marie

Padley Gorge woodland

Padley Gorge woodland - Credit: David Haynes

Padley Gorge fungi

Padley Gorge fungi - Credit: Diane Irvine

Padley Gorge woodland

Padley Gorge woodland - Credit: Diane Irvine

Autumn colours at Padley Gorge

Autumn colours at Padley Gorge - Credit: Eryt van Dijk

Colourful fungi at Padley Gorge

Colourful fungi at Padley Gorge - Credit: Hazel Phipps

Echoes of an industrial past at Padley Gorge

Echoes of an industrial past at Padley Gorge - Credit: Ian Lilley

Fungi at Padley Gorge

Fungi at Padley Gorge - Credit: Jacqueline Attrill

Autumn colours at Padley Gorge

Autumn colours at Padley Gorge - Credit: Katie Baker

Autumn colours at Padley Gorge

Autumn colours at Padley Gorge - Credit: Kayleigh Bates

Giant toadstools at Padley Gorge

Giant toadstools at Padley Gorge - Credit: Kimberley White

Padley Gorge is transformed in the autumn season

Padley Gorge is transformed in the autumn season - Credit: Matt Priestley

Burbage Brook

Burbage Brook - Credit: Matt Priestley

Padley Gorge is transformed in the autumn season

Padley Gorge is transformed in the autumn season - Credit: Monika Simonaitytė

A carpet of fallen leaves in Padley Gorge

A carpet of fallen leaves in Padley Gorge - Credit: Naomi Watson

Fungi at Padley Gorge

Fungi at Padley Gorge - Credit: Orla O'Carroll

Burbage Brook

Burbage Brook - Credit: Stephen McGirr

A carpet of fallen leaves in Padley Gorge

A carpet of fallen leaves in Padley Gorge - Credit: Tamla Jayne

Atmospheric Padley Gorge

Atmospheric Padley Gorge - Credit: Yasmine Anne

The woodland in Padley Gorge

The woodland in Padley Gorge - Credit: Andrea Walker

The woodland in Padley Gorge

The woodland in Padley Gorge - Credit: Andy Dodds

Fungi at Padley Gorge

Fungi at Padley Gorge - Credit: Bernadette Hall

Fungi at Padley Gorge

Fungi at Padley Gorge - Credit: Cath Iremonger