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Burbage Valley

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Burbage Valley
Author: ptruman, Published: 01 Jan 2010 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Derbyshire, Dark Peak
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Burbage Valley
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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The Burbage Valley is surrounded by the long exposed gritstone of Burbage Edge the two peaks of Carl Wark and Higger Tor. It starts at Longshaw, the hunting lodge built in the 1830s for the Duke of Rutland to entertain parties of visitors as they bagged their grouse from the nearby moorland, and runs round the valley to provide and good round trip back to Longshaw. The Longshaw Estate is now owned by the National Trust and has a small visitor centre, shop and tearoom or, just over the main A6187 Hathersage to Sheffield Road there's the Fox House Inn for those who prefer stronger sustenance.
The valley has much history which can be felt when walking round, although it's much harder to see now. But you will see millstones that have long since been abandoned and what appears to have been a hillfort on Carl Wark.

A walk through the Burbage Valley could take the easy route that runs along the track through the valley. This track is known as Duke's Drive, presumably for the Duke of Rutland to transport his guests to shoot grouse on the surrounding moorland. This track is part of the Sheffield Country Walk and within the valley is almost flat and easily accessible for pushchairs and those who do not want (or are unable) to take the rather rockier path that this walk describes.

Parking is available in the Longshaw Estate (National Trust - pay and display) which is accessed from the A6187 Hathersage to Sheffield road. Approximate post code S11 7TZ. Please do not park along the road as this causes all sorts of problems (and accidents). In the event that this car park is full there is another at Surprise View albeit nearly a mile away but an easy footpath back to Burbage Valley.

Walk Sections

Longshaw to Burbage Edge
Longshaw to Burbage Edge

Start: OS ref SK267801
End: OS ref SK261830

Start point: 53.3179 lat, -1.602 long
End point: 53.3433 lat, -1.6087 long

Assuming you have driven and parked in the National Trust car park for Longshaw at Nell Croft, walk down towards the lodge and turn right along the drive that heads to the road. Cross the road and walk down the track into the trees. Take the path that diverges to the right to bring you out at the A6187 road. Cross over and start towards Burbage Valley along the track. Once through the gates and past the large stone gateposts start heading off to the right to the start of Burbage Edge. There are plenty of paths here, mostly sheep tracks, and follow until you get to the broader track that runs along the base of the edge itself.
You can walk along the base of the edge for a while or just walk along the top. I recommend walking along the track at the base for the next quarter mile or so and then clambering up to the top. This way you will see the disused quarries and abandoned millstones. For those who are fascinated by rocks, whether a geologist or just like to look, there are strata and patterns in the rock faces that are worth more than a second glance. In the evening low sunlight these are also brought out beautifully.
Once past the quarries and millstones make your way to the path that runs along the top of the Edge and follow this all the way round to Upper Burbage Bridge. There are plenty of great vantage points to get superb views of Higger Tor and Carl Wark and for the photographers early morning is fantastic as it lights up the eastern side of these. If you're lucky you will see a mist hanging in the valley or further below down towards the River Derwent to provide a wonderful atmosphere to the view!

Upper Burbage Bridge to Higger Tor
Upper Burbage Bridge to Higger Tor

Start point: 53.3433 lat, -1.6087 long
End point: 53.3329 lat, -1.6148 long

The walk starts getting more interesting, as if it wasn't already! Cross Burbage Brook either by hopping across the stones or, especially if there's a lot of water tumbling down the brook, by the road bridge. There is sometimes an ice cream van in the car park here if that appeals, but otherwise follow the path that rises on the eastern side of Higger Tor. It's a well worn path as you walk along Fiddler's Elbow and has obviously seen many walking boots as it climbs up the northern side of Higger Tor.
Take a while to wonder round Higger Tor and do walk over to the western side of the rather flat top to look out towards Stanage Edge. This view can be sublime during the summer and autumn months as the sun sets and lights up Callow Bank just over the road and Stanage beyond it.
Now head over to the south-east corner of Higger Tor to head to Carl Wark.

Higger Tor to Carl Wark
Higger Tor to Carl Wark

Start: OS ref SK257818
End: OS ref SK258814

Start point: 53.3329 lat, -1.6148 long
End point: 53.3297 lat, -1.6132 long

Carefully follow the path that drops down from Higger Tor and follow the now obvious path that heads towards Carl Wark crossing over Hathersage Moor. Follow up to the east side of Carl Wark.
The path continues straight on over Carl Wark, but do take a few moments to walk around the top before you continue. The most obvious and very striking feature is the size of the boulders that make up the wall here. From a distance it looks just like a dry stone wall, but up close those rocks are not normal for a wall, they're massive! Carl Wark is clearly a historic site but archaeologists do not yet appear to have settled on its origins or purpose. They do agree it is ancient and theories suggest it may date back to the Neolithic Age. Maybe we'll never know, but do enjoy it nonetheless!

Carl Wark to Longshaw
Carl Wark to Longshaw

Start: OS ref SK257818
End: OS ref SK267801

Start point: 53.3329 lat, -1.6148 long
End point: 53.3179 lat, -1.602 long

The path drops down from Carl Wark directly alongside the 3m high stone wall. Follow the path down towards Burbage Brook if there has not been much recent rain and risk finding a suitable place to cross the brook before getting back onto Duke's Drive. Alternatively follow the path that takes you to the A6187 road just west of Toad's Mouth and walk back along the road until you can get back into the Longshaw Estate grounds where you previously exited.
Do have a look in the visitor centre and enjoy the refreshments there before heading back to the car park, or alternatively head for the Fox House Inn and wait for a bus!

12 images to "Burbage Valley"

45_0ptruman1263601249 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK Image by: ptruman
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Carl Wark and Higger Tor from Burbage Edge.
45_1ptruman1263601249 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK Image by: ptruman
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Carl Wark and Higger Tor from Burbage Edge.
45_2ptruman1263601249 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK Image by: ptruman
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Burbage Edge, Cowper Stone at the start of Stanage Edge visible in the distance.
45_3ptruman1263601249 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK Image by: ptruman
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Burbage Edge.
45_4ptruman1263601250 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK Image by: ptruman
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Climbers on Burbage.
45_0ptruman1263601605 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK Image by: ptruman
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Higger Tor from Fiddler's Elbow
45_1ptruman1263601605 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK Image by: ptruman
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Higger Tor and Carl Warl from Burbage Edge.
45_2ptruman1263601605 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK Image by: ptruman
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Burbage Edge and Duke's Drive from Upper Burbage.
45_3ptruman1263601605 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK Image by: ptruman
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
View to Callow Bank and Stanage from the west side of Higger Tor.
45_4ptruman1263601606 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK Image by: ptruman
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Weathered stones on Carl Wark.
45_0stannard1435516881 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK Image by: stannard
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970

45_0KDD1436380503 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK Image by: KDD
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970

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