This is a lovely circular walk starting along Upper Burbage Edge and then looping back via Over Owler Tor and Higgor Tor.
It’s located not far from Hathersage in the Peak District but this walk starts at Upper Burbage car park which means you don’t have to start the walk with an uphill climb!
The Peak District is known for having many ‘edges’, this walk takes you along Burbage Rocks via Upper Burbage Edge and Lower Burbage Edge, with beautiful views, including looking across to Higgor Tor where you’ll walk back across.
Here I have included the route information, map, GPX file, plus a detailed step by step guide of the walk.
Let me know in the comments if you have any more questions
Burbage Edge + Higgor Tor from Upper Burbage Bridge
Burbage Edge + Higgor Tor walk mapClick for OS online map
Walk start point
Start grid reference: SK 260 829
Car parking address: Upper Burbage Bridge car park, Ringinglow Road, Hope Valley, S32 1BR
This is a relatively small car park, for about 30 spaces. There are also a second smaller car park up the road as well as spaces for cars on the road.
Option 2 – Alternatively, you can start this walk from the Woodcroft car park on the Longshaw Estate or if you are catching the train then you can start from Grindleford train station (about 500 metres from the walk route).
Woodcroft car park, Longshaw Lodge, S11 7TY. This is free for National Trust members. Or £3.50 for up to 4 hours and £5.00 for over 4 hours.
Free parking at Upper Burbage Edge car park
Nearest train station: Grindleford train station (0.3 mile/0.5 km) or Hathersage (0.3 mile/0.5 km)
If you’re catching the train then you would start the walk near the Longshaw Estate or Owler Tor and complete the circular walk from there.
Facilities on the walk
There are no public toilets available at the start of the walk at Upper Burbage Bridge car park.
However, if you need to use them there are public toilets at the end of Burbage Edge section as you enter the Longshaw Estate, but you’ll need to take a small detour. (Please note these are currently not open).
Other useful information
Since Burbage Edge and Higgor Tor are fairly high up on windy days you can feel the cold, be sure to check the weather conditions and take an extra layer for walking.
The route is signposted in places but I would always recommend you take a map and compass (see below).
Check the weather for your walk location and hills
- BBC Weather for Hathersage
- Met Office weather for the Peak District
- Met Office weather for High Neb (Stanage Edge, which is nearby)
Ordnance Survey Walk Map
The map for this walk is OL1 – Peak District (Dark Peak Area).
You can buy a paper map at outdoor shops or shop online at Amazon or Ordnance Survey
OL1 Map – Check prices here with Ordnance Survey, there are options to buy either standard map or a waterproof one. You can sometimes find cheaper deals on Amazon, but the Ordnance Survey website sometimes has discounts for buying more than one map!
And don’t forget your compass.
There are lots to choose from, I recommend the Silva Expedition compass, it’s more expensive but a valuable piece of kit!one month or yearly options with OS Online App. For one month, the prices start from £2.99 a month or the annual option is from £23.99.
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Burbage Edge + Higgor Tor walk route
Stage 1 – Upper Burbage Bridge to End of Burbage Edge
Distance: 1.9 miles/3 km
Grid reference SK 260 829
From the Upper Burbage Bridge car park, go through the gate and head down on the path towards the bridge.
There are two small streams to cross, which should be easy unless there’s heavy rain. (You can head up to the road if necessary)
The lower more established track is called Sheffield Country Walk, which is an easier path but to hike along Burbage Edge you need to walk along the more rugged looking trail which bears off to the left, near the sign.
Walk along Burbage Edge for about 2 km, going past the stone cairns. Then continue walking in a south-westerly direction for another 1 km until the path starts to descend and you reach the road.
Stage 2 – End of Burbage Edge to Over Owler Tor
Distance: 1.4 mile/2.3 km
Grid reference SK 26281 80547
Cross the road and go through a wooden gate, with a National Trust sign for Longshaw. Look out for deers around here, I spotted some last time I did the walk!
Then take the path heading right until you reach a stream, turn left here, then over the footbridge to the other side and continue walking down with the stream on your left.
Continue until you reach another footbridge, at this point you want to take the path on your right, which brings you out at a gate near the road. Before crossing the road, turn left to Owler Tor, which is great to explore.
Then go through the gate and across the road, though a second gate and head up the path to Over Owler Tor.
There’s a more defined path on the left-hand-side or you can make your way through across the top, but the iconic rocks will point you in the right direction.
Stage 3 – Over Owler Tor via Higgor Tor to Upper Burbage Bridge
Distance: 1.7 miles/2.8 km
Grid reference SK 250 807
From Over Owler Tor, continue walking north along the path, and you’ll reach a large sheepfold (walled area). And in front, you’ll see the gritstone rocks of Higgor Tor.
Keep left to the wall and then follow the path which gradually ascends towards the end of Higgor Tor rocks. As you near the rocks you can either opt to follow the path which will take you out and back, or you can scramble a small section to the top.
Walk along the edge of Higgor Tor, then turn left to follow the path back down to Upper Burbage car park.
Do you have any more questions about this walk? Ask me in the comments
Other options for the walk
Extend the walk
If you fancy a longer route, exploring the beautiful Padley Gorge area as part of your route, then why not check out this 8-mile walkRoute, map + GPX
More walks in the Peak District
Here are a few more 5 and 6-mile walks that you might enjoy too:
- Rushup Edge + Mam Tor Walk From Barber Booth | 6-Mile Route
- Grindslow Knoll (via Ringing Roger) Walk From Edale | 5.5-Mile Route
- Chee Dale Walk From Miller Dale | 5-Mile Route
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More information on the Peak District, including transport options, where to stay + other useful resources.
Check out 7 YHAs in the Peak District and find the best walks direct from your accommodation.
Find out what maps you will need for your trip here.
Get my FREE beginner's hiking eBook. (Coming soon - request a copy here).
Visit my hiking recommendations page, (footwear, clothes + kit).
Or get in touch and I will help as best I can :).
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