The gorge is wooded with a stream, the Burbage Brook, at the bottom. This stream used to form the boundary between Derbyshire and Yorkshire but the boundary now follows the Hathersage Road (A625).
Padley Gorge begins near Grindleford Station at a stile where a post has been installed. Although the valley continues up towards Hathersage Road and Burbage, the gorge finishes at the edge of the woodland. Padley Gorge forms the backbone of several walks in the area and the railway station approach road forms a convenient car park for walkers.