Higger Tor Walk

The Route

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Start Point: Upper Burbage Bridge car park, Hathersage, Derbyshire

Finish Point: Same as start point (circular walk)

Distance: Approximately 5 miles (8 kilometres)

Walk Description

Starting Point: Upper Burbage Bridge car park, Hathersage, Derbyshire

Key Highlights:

  • Higger Tor: A striking gritstone hill offering panoramic views of the surrounding Peak District. The top can be reached by a short scramble.
  • Burbage Edge: Walk along this dramatic escarpment with stunning vistas of Burbage Valley.
  • Carl Wark: Visit this ancient Iron Age hill fort, notable for its rocky terrain and historical significance.
  • Natural Beauty: The trail offers diverse landscapes, including moorland, rocky outcrops, and forested paths.

End Point: Upper Burbage Bridge car park

Practical Information

Distance: Approximately 5 miles (8 kilometres)

Difficulty: Moderate – involves some steep ascents and rocky terrain.

Terrain: Mixed terrain including well-maintained paths, rocky trails, and moorland. Paths can be muddy in wet conditions.


  • By Car: Parking is available at Upper Burbage Bridge car park. It can get busy, so arriving early is recommended.
  • Public Transport: The nearest train station is in Hathersage, with bus services connecting to the starting point.

Tips for Walkers

Footwear: Sturdy, waterproof walking boots are essential due to the rocky and sometimes muddy paths.

Supplies: Bring water and snacks. There are no facilities along the route, but nearby Hathersage offers cafes and shops.

Navigation: The route is well-signposted, but carrying a map (OS Explorer OL1) or a GPS device can be helpful for additional navigation.

Weather: Be prepared for changing weather conditions. Carry waterproof clothing, warm layers, and a hat and gloves.

The Higger Tor walk is a scenic and moderately challenging circular route starting and ending at Upper Burbage Bridge car park.

This 5-mile walk takes you through some of the Peak District's most dramatic landscapes, including the iconic Higger Tor, the historic Carl Wark hill fort, and the stunning Burbage Edge.

Ideal for those looking to explore the natural beauty and historical sites of the area.

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