Photography at Padley Gorge - the Peak Districts best intimate landscape, waterfalls and woodland

15th August 2013


Padley Gorge is a firm favourite with photographers visiting the Peak District National Park on a photography holiday or photo trip. The Peak District is quite different to other national parks when it comes to waterfalls or should I say the relatively small number of waterfalls. There are a handful of waterfalls in the Peak District to photograph but most have been shot many times and they are not anywhere near as spectacular as Waterfalls in the Lake District, Snowdonia or the nearby Yorkshire Dales.

Padley Gorge offers some of the best scenery to capture small waterfalls and Cascades, the gorge itself is spectacular and you can literally spend all day in the area photographing that stream, cascades, trees and the old quarry stones. The location is ideal if organised within a days Photography trip around Owler Tor & Surprise View.



The gorge itself sits within woodland and the Burbage Brook cascades down at the bottom, there are two entrances and parking spots, the first is at the bottom of the gorge next to Grindleford Station. The other entrance is at the top of the gorge on the A625 Hathersage Road near to where the path from the Longshaw Estate crosses the road and heads out towards Owler Tor and Surprise View. Towards the bottom of the gorge gives access to Bole Hill Quarry which is popular with a number of photographers due to the amazing array of trees and stone workings in the area.


Padley Gorge after heavy rainfall








To view more of my images from the Peak District National Park take a look at my Peak District Photography Gallery



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Nick Cockman is a digital photographer from Sheffield specialising in Landscape and Seascape photography.

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