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Burbage Edge and Hathersage Moor

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Burbage Edge and Hathersage Moor
Author: statto1927, Published: 05 Nov 2018 Walk Rating:star0 Burbage Edge and Hathersage Moorstar0 Burbage Edge and Hathersage Moorstar0 Burbage Edge and Hathersage Moorstar0 Burbage Edge and Hathersage Moorstar0 Burbage Edge and Hathersage Moor
Derbyshire, Peak District
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Burbage Edge and Hathersage Moor
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Burbage Edge and Hathersage Moor boot Burbage Edge and Hathersage Moor boot Burbage Edge and Hathersage Moor
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A 4 mile circular walk taking in Higger Tor, Carl Walk (an old fort), Hathersage Moor and Burbage Edge in Derbyshire. The walk starts from the free car park at Burbage Bridge. In the main the walking is fairly easy, but there is a slight scramble down from Higger Tor and Carl Walk. The walking along Burbage Edge needs care as there are some steep drops close to the edge. There is an alternative, and easier walk back parallel to Burbage Edge along a well maintained path. There may be cattle grazing along the moor. You will need to negotiate a few kissing gates but no stiles. Allow 2-3 hours depending on stops.

Take the A6187 east out of Hathersage and then turn left onto Ringinglow Road. Follow this road as it rises sharply up the moor for a couple of miles before arriving at Upper Burbage Car Park (the nearest postcode is S32 1BR, but this is not exact so check the live map). Parking is free.

Walk Sections

Start to Higger Tor
Start to Higger Tor

Start point: 53.3431 lat, -1.6103 long
End point: 53.335 lat, -1.6154 long

Take the kissing gate adjacent to the car park and then follow the upper track (the right-hand of the two paths) towards Higger Tor. The walking at this point is undulating before rising to Higger Tor. You will see in the valley below and to the left two paths - the alternative easier path that can be taken as your return as well as the higher ridge path that this walk will take on the way back.

Higger Tor to Carl Walk
Higger Tor to Carl Walk

Start point: 53.335 lat, -1.6154 long
End point: 53.3296 lat, -1.6132 long

Once you have arrived at the top of Higger Tor, you will have 360 degree panoramic views across the surrounding countryside. To the west Mam Tor and Kinder Scout; to the south Hathersage Moor and views towards the Chatsworth Estate; to the east, Burbage Edge. You will also see Carl Walk to the south, the old hill fort which is the next stop on this walk. There are a couple of routes down off Higger Tor and across Hathersage Moor. This walk takes a slightly steeper, and more scrambling descent. (An easier descent is to the east side of Higger Tor). Once down off the Tor, the walking reverts to heathland. If you are lucky, you may see red grouse and raptors. Continue to the old hill fort, Carl Walk.

Carl Walk to Stream
Carl Walk to Stream

Start point: 53.3296 lat, -1.6132 long
End point: 53.3249 lat, -1.6087 long

From Carl Walk, descend again heading towards the bottom of the valley where the road comes close to the end of Burbage Edge. Just before you get to this point, you have to ford a small stream. There are stones and it is relatively easy to get across, but take care in case the stones are wet, or rain has increased the flow of the stream.

Stream to Ridge Path
Stream to Ridge Path

Start point: 53.3249 lat, -1.6087 long
End point: 53.3239 lat, -1.6077 long

Shortly after fording the stream, you reach a T-junction with a well-maintained path, where there's a bench suitable for a cake stop! At this point you have two choices. The alternative easier route is left, following this path all the way back to the car park. This route is a gentle incline for the most part and just like walking on a road or pavement.

The main route that this walk follows (the higher route on the ridge) is to the right. The path is followed until it passes through a gate into a tiny car park, before turning back to the left through another gate and up towards Burbage Edge.

Ridge Path to End
Ridge Path to End

Start point: 53.3239 lat, -1.6077 long
End point: 53.3433 lat, -1.6105 long

Once you start to climb onto the ridge, you have fabulous views of the path you have taken to get to this point, and some fine gritstone crags to your left. Whilst spectacular, take care as some of the drops are very high. You will follow this ridge path all the way back to to the car park. There is a slight deviation about half way back, where there is a slight descent to the left through a small stream cutting into the ridge (dry when we did this walk), before coming back to the ridge. Basically, stay adjacent to the ridge and you can't get lost!

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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